Ivo Welch, is an American economist and finance academic. He is the J. Fred Weston Professor of Finance at UCLA Anderson.
His research has focused on financial economics and informational cascades. Publications include articles in academic journals and the popular press, in addition to a Corporate Finance textbook. He was previously on the faculty of the Yale School of Management, and Brown University's economics department (Professor of Financial Economics). He is an NBER Research Associate.
Professor Welch is twice a recipient of the Michael Brennan Award. As of 2014, he ranks 50th by downloads on SSRN. In 2006, he ranked 54th on the Web of Science list of "Most-Cited Scientists in Economics & Business"; in 2007 (the last year of the rankings), he ranked 57th. He is a Humboldt Foundation 2015 fellow.
He completed his BA in computer science in 1985 at Columbia University and both his MBA and PhD in finance at the University of Chicago.