Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Alexander Becker is an assistant professor of finance at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. He teaches courses in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Derivative Securities and Markets, Corporate Finance, and Interdisciplinary Methods for Quantitative Finance. His research focuses on complex networks in finance and financial stability and on corporate finance. Currently, he is studying the impact of private debt and its covenants on the capital structure of firms and bank-firm lending relationships. Professor Becker has served as a TAR Fellow at the BU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL), and was the recipient of the 2014 CAS Outstanding Teaching Fellow award at BU. He holds a PhD in physics with a concentration in econophysics from Boston University. In his doctoral thesis, he studied the dynamics and interconnectedness of financial markets, such as the sovereign debt market and the foreign exchange market.
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Stability
- Machine Learning in Finance
- Network Science and Complexity
- MET AD 587 – Interdisciplinary Methods for Quantitative Finance
- MET AD 709 – Case Studies in Current Corporate Financial Topics
- MET AD 713 – Derivative Securities and Markets
- MET AD 717 – Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Becker, A. P., Julio, I. F., Vodenska, I., and Wang, L. “Corporate leverage ratio adjustment under cash flow-based debt covenants” (2021).
Refereed Journal Articles
Vodenska, I., Dehmamy, D., Becker, A. P., Buldyrev S. V., and Havlin, S. “Systemic stress test model for shared portfolio networks.” Scientific Reports vol. 11, 3358 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-82904-y
Vodenska, I., Aoyama, H., Becker, A. P., Fujiwara, Y., Iyetomi, H., and Lungu, E. “From stress testing to systemic stress testing: the importance of macroprudential regulation.” Journal of Financial Stability vol. 52, 100803 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfs.2020.100803
Kremer, M., Becker, A. P., Vodenska, I., Stanley, H. E., and Schäfer, R. “Economic and political effects on currency clustering dynamics.” Quantitative Finance 19, no. 5 (2019): 705–716. https://doi.org/10.1080/14697688.2018.1532101
Vodenska, I., Becker, A. P., Zhou, D., Kenett, D. Y., Stanley, H. E., and Havlin, S. “Community Analysis of Global Financial Markets.” Risks 4, no. 2 (2016): 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/risks4020013
Vodenska, I., and Becker, A. P. “Interdependence, Vulnerability and contagion in Financial and Economic Networks.” In New Perspectives and Challenges in Econophysics and Sociophysics, edited by Frédéric Abergel, Bikas K. Chakrabarti, Anirban Chakraborti, Nivedita Deo, and Kiran Sharma (Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019): 101–116.