Selected Publications

  • “Determinants of Short Interest Trading,” The Journal of Investing,  Winter 2016, Vol 25, No 4. With Langxuan Yin
  • “Explaining ETF Decay” GS Journal of Banking and International Finance, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 2015. With Marjorie Platt and Liching Cai
  • “The Impact of New Capital on Hedge Fund Returns,” The Journal of Investing,  Winter, 2015. With Marjorie Platt and Liching Cai
  • “Valuing Private Equity,” a chapter in Private Equity ‒ Opportunities and Risks, Financial Markets and Investments Series published by Oxford University Press, 2015. With Emery Trahan

Selected Presentations

  • Platt, Harlan, Distressed Investing, “Ethics Hour”, Beard Group, New York. (November 12, 2012).
  • Platt, Harlan, Philadelphia, Association for Corporate Growth, “Lead with Cash”, ACG, Philadelphia, PA. (June 16, 2011).


  • PhD in Economics, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • BA, Northwestern University

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Platt’s research and consulting interests include corporate bankruptcy, crisis management, and short-term equity price recoveries.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Platt is a member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Chemicals Inc. and is on the advisory board of the Millennium Liquidating Trust. He previously served on the board of companies on the New York Stock Exchange, the Dublin Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Professor Platt was the Faculty Dean for the Turnaround Management Association from 1993-2003 where he created their certification exam. Professor Platt is the faculty advisor to the 360 Huntington Fund, the student managed mutual fund which won the world wide distinction at the 2009 RISE contest as the best managed graduate student value based mutual fund. Before joining the College of Business Administration faculty in 1981, Professor Platt was director of electricity research and forecasting for Data Resources, Inc. From 1997 to 1998, he was the Klein Lecturer at Northeastern University.

Services to the Profession

Professor Platt served as the Associate Editor-Finance for the Journal of Business Research.

Awards & Recognition

Donald J. Harding Professor, Northeastern University