Jeffrey M. Coy, Ph.D.

Jeffrey M. Coy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance, Finance
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290 Burke
ERIE PA 16563

Dr. Coy earned his Ph.D. in finance (2013) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, with supporting areas in economics and statistics. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Coy spent five years as an instructor of international finance at the University of North Florida. After completing his doctoral work, he spent one year as a visiting professor at the University of Central Florida before joining Penn State Behrend. Dr. Coy brings ten years of teaching experience in the areas of international finance, corporate finance, investments, and portfolio management.


Dr. Coy teaches both the introductory and intermediate corporate finance courses for Penn State Behrend and is developing the new Introduction to Energy Finance course to begin in fall 2015. Dr. Coy has also taught international finance, investments, and portfolio management at previous institutions.


Dr. Coy’s research interests include mergers and acquisitions, corporate risk dynamics, growth options, capital structure dynamics, leveraged buy-outs, corporate diversification and refocusing, and corporate foreign currency sensitivity. His research has been published in Research in International Business and Finance, The Journal of International Business Research, The Global Business and Finance Review, and The European Journal of Business Research. 

Research Interests

Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate risk dynamics, growth options, capital structure dynamics, leveraged buyouts, corporate diversification and refocusing, and corporate foreign currency sensitivity.


Cross-Border Transactions, Mergers and the Inconsistency of International Reference Points, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance
Collaborators: Garrett Smith, Co-Author; Andrew Spieler

Corporate Diversification: Can the Observed Diversification Discount Shed Light on Management’s Choice to Diversify or Re-Focus?, Review of Accounting and Finance
Collaborator: Garrett Smith, Co-Author

Short Interest in Mergers: Anomalies in the Overvaluation Hypothesis, Managerial Finance
Collaborators: Sean Davis, Co-Author; Fernando Guillen Solis, Co-Author

The Likelihood of Management Involvement, Offer Premiums, and Target Shareholder Wealth Effects: Evidence from the 2002-2007 LBO Wave, Research in International Business and Finance - January, 2016
Collaborators: Kien Cao; Thuy Nguyen

Impact of the Greece Crisis on Corporate Exposure to the Euro, Journal of International Business Research - 2013

Are Explicit Baggage Fees the Answer to Rising Airline Operating Costs?, European Journal of Business Research - 2012
Collaborator: Eric Chiang, Co-Author

Does the Valuation of the Target’s Market Matter? Evidence from Cross-Border Acquisitions by U.S. Firms, Global Business and Finance Review - 2012


Ph D, Finance, Florida Atlantic University

MBA, Master of Business Administration, University of North Florida

BA, Finance, University of North Florida