Bilge Yilmaz, PhD

Professor of Finance & Director of Wharton Alternative Investments Initiative


Bilge Yilmaz is the Wharton Private Equity Professor and professor of finance at the Wharton School. Prior to his current appointment, he was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He received his first degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Boğaziçi University and his PhD in economics from Princeton University.


Bilge’s research focuses on corporate finance, alternative investments, and political economy. Recently, he has written on corporate governance, credit rating agencies, hedge funds, private equity, security design, short-selling constraints, corporate bankruptcy, and banks’ internal risk models. His earlier articles appeared in leading academic journals including the top three in the field: Econometrica, American Economic Review, and Journal of Political Economy.


Bilge has designed a number of courses in corporate finance and alternative investments. He currently teaches courses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate bankruptcy, and European financial markets. He also leads the Wharton School’s Alternative Investments Initiative. Outside of Wharton, he is actively involved in asset management.

Research Interests: Corporate finance, alternative investments, game theory, political economy