Nittai Bergman

Associate Professor of Finance


Nittai Bergman has been teaching MBA Corporate Finance since joining the MIT Sloan School of Management faculty in 2003.

Bergman’s research interests are in the fields of corporate governance, financial contracting, and behavioral corporate finance. His work focuses on the ways in which financial frictions driven by agency costs impede the ability of firms to raise capital, the methods firms use to alleviate these frictions, and the real effects implied by the residual frictions. Recent studies deal with the determinants of corporate financial contract renegotiation and the real effects of investor protection on investment and technology adoption decisions. Bergman's paper, “Bankruptcy and the Collateral Channel,” won the 2011 Journal of Finance Brattle Prize. He has published several papers in leading finance and economics journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Economic Review. He is a member of the American Finance Association and the National Bureau of Economic Research and is an associate editor of the Journal of Finance.

Bergman holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and a BSc in mathematics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Prior to starting his graduate studies, Bergman served in an operations research unit in the Planning Division at IDF headquarters.

Faculty Media

  • Financing Labor

    Financial market imperfections can have significant impact on employment decisions of firms. We use a collage of three ‘quasi-experiments’ used previously in the investment-cash flow and...

  • Did the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Lead to Risky Lending?

    Our empirical strategy compares lending behavior of banks undergoing CRA exams within a given census tract in a given month to the behavior of banks operating in the same census tract-month that do...


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