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Dr. Barkat Ullah

Dr. Barkat Ullah

Associate Professor, Finance

Office: GSBM 546
Phone: 443-885-3023



Ph.D. (Finance), University of Texas at El Paso, 2014

M.B.A. (International Finance), Texas A&M International University, 2010

M.B.A. (Marketing), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004

B.B.A. (Marketing), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2002

Dr. Barkat Ullah is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Department of Accounting and Finance at Morgan State University. He received his Ph.D. in Finance degree from University of Texas at El Paso. He received MBA in International Finance from Texas A&M International University, MBA in Marketing and BBA in Marketing from University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). He teaches in the areas of Corporate Finance, Investments, International Finance, and Financial Markets and Institutions. Before joining Morgan State University, Dr. Ullah taught Economics and Finance courses in Rhode Island College and University of Texas at El Paso. He also taught Marketing and International Business courses in Northern University Bangladesh. His research interests include Corporate Finance, Privatization, and International Finance. Dr. Ullah has published in highly regarded finance and economics journals including Journal of Corporate FinanceJournal of Banking & FinanceJournal of Financial ResearchEmerging Markets ReviewInternational Review of Economics & Finance, Journal of Multinational Financial ManagementQuarterly Review of Economics and FinanceJournal of Economics and BusinessEmerging Markets Finance and Trade, Research in International Business and Finance, Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, and Global Finance Journal.

Research Interests

Corporate Finance, Privatization, International Finance, Emerging Markets.


  • Cheng, K., Tavakolifar, M., & Ullah, B. (2024). A contrast of the popularity and the interpretation of non‐GAAP earning disclosures in different industries. Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance35(1), 92-109.
  • Ullah, B., Wei, Z., & Zhu, Y. (2023). Can a signal mitigate a dilemma? Quality management standards, corruption, and business ethics. International Review of Economics & Finance, 86, 701-716.
  • Ullah, B. (2022). The impact of quality certification on SME innovation and the role of institutions. Research in International Business and Finance62, 101748.
  • Liu, T., Liu, Y., Ullah, B., Wei, Z. & Xu, L.C. (2021). The dark side of transparency in developing countries: The link between financial reporting practices and corruption. Journal of Corporate Finance, 66, 101829.
  • Ullah, B. (2021). Does Innovation Explain the Performance Gap between Privatized and Private Firms?. Journal of Economics and Business, 113, 105946.
  • Ullah, B. (2021). The Differential Effect of Corruption on Growth: Does Firm Origin Matter?. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade,57(14), 4036-4053.
  • Ullah, B. (2020). Signaling value of quality certification: Financing under asymmetric information. Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 55, 100629.
  • Liu, Y., Sah, N., Ullah, B., & Wei, Z. (2020). Financing patterns in transition economies: Privatized former SOEs versus ab initio private firms. Emerging Markets Review, 43, 100680.
  • Ullah, B. (2020). Financial constraints, corruption, and SME growth in transition economies. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 75, 120-132.
  • Ullah, B. (2019). Firm innovation in transition economies: The role of formal versus informal finance. Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 50, 58–75.
  • Ullah, B., & Wei, Z. (2017). Bank Financing and Firm Growth: Evidence from Transition Economies. Journal of Financial Research, 40(4), 507-534.
  • D'Souza, J., Megginson, W. L., Ullah, B., & Wei, Z. (2017). Growth and Growth Obstacles in Transition Economies: Privatized versus De Novo Private Firms. Journal of Corporate Finance, 42, 422-438.
  • Megginson, W. L., Ullah, B., & Wei, Z. (2014). State Ownership, Soft-Budget Constraints, and Cash Holdings: Evidence from China’s Privatized Firms. Journal of Banking & Finance, 48, 276-291.
  • Ullah, B., Wei, Z., & Xie, F. (2014). ISO Certification, Financial Constraints, and Firm Performance in Latin American and Caribbean Countries. Global Finance Journal, 25(3), 203-228.