- Economic theory
- Corporate finance
- Corporate governance
- Applied tournament theory
- Contract theory and economics of information
Fanis Tsoulouhas is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Athens. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1993, where he also taught from 1987 to 1993 as an Instructor and Lecturer. He was on the faculty of North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management from 1993 to 2012. He came to UC Merced in 2012 as one of the original hires in Management. He has recently advanced his Management training at the Harvard Business School (P.L.D. 2017, D.I. 2016, L.N.V. 2016). He teaches Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Most of his research deals with the implications of asymmetric information in agency problems. He considers the limitations imposed by financial distress and commitment problems on financial and labor contracts, as well as the strategic role of information gathering and transmission. His work has focused on limited liability and bankruptcy, on organizational design and performance pay, on offshoring, and on applications of relative performance evaluation in areas such as executive promotion and incentive contracting.