Robert Jackson Jr.

Professor of Law and Director, Program on Corporate Law & Policy

Robert Jackson

Professor of Law and Director, Program on Corporate Law & Policy

Robert J. Jackson Jr. is a Professor of Law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at Columbia Law School. His research emphasizes empirical study of executive compensation and corporate governance matters.

Before joining the faculty in 2010, Jackson served as an adviser to senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Before that, Jackson practiced in the executive compensation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.

Professor Jackson has testified about his work before the U.S. Senate, and his research has been the subject of rulemaking commentary before several federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

His most recent project focuses on leakage of material non-public information when activist hedge funds gain corporate board seats, and activist derivative usage. Other research includes the first study to examine the time delays of corporate filings posted to the SEC's EDGAR website, its FTP server, and the PDF subscription service, the first study of the effect of mandatory disclosures required by the JOBS Act on trading by individual investors, the first empirical study of incentives throughout the managerial hierarchy of a large investment bank (Stock Unloading and Banker Incentives, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 951 (2012)) and the first comprehensive study of CEO pay in firms owned by private equity (Private Equity and Executive Compensation, 60 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 638 (2013)). Professor Jackson has also written about corporate spending on politics (Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides?, 124 Harv. L. Rev. 83 (2010) (with Lucian A. Bebchuk)), and co-chaired a group of legal academics that has petitioned the SEC to make rules requiring U.S. public companies to disclose such spending.

In 2012, Law School students honored Jackson with the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Also in 2012, Jackson moderated a Fred Friendly Seminar on Financial Innovation in conjunction with Columbia Business School.

Areas of Expertise
  • Executive compensation
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate law
Investment Banking
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