Barkat Ullah is currently a Ph.D. candidate concentrating in finance in the College of Business’ Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He earned both BBA and MBA in Marketing from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and MBA in International Finance from Texas A&M International University. Before coming to the U.S., he was a full time business lecturer for four years at Northern University Bangladesh. He has also taught various courses at UTEP, including Investments, Financial Analysis of Firm and Valuation, Principles of Economics-Macro and Micro. His Ph.D. dissertation consists of three essays that are broadly related to firm-level financial constraints, corruption, and firm growth around the world. Besides his dissertation essays, he has currently three papers under review at high quality journals: one under revise and resubmit at Journal of Banking and Finance (JBF), one under revise and resubmit at Journal of Corporate Finance (JCF), and one under review at Global Finance Journal (GFJ). His research has been presented at the FMA annual meetings in 2013 (Chicago) and 2012 (Atlanta), ECCE-USB conference in 2013 (Cape Town) and Privatization conference in 2013 (Wake Forest University, North Carolina). He also has few years of professional experience in development management/consulting sector where he worked for PMID in a number of development projects funded by the World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, Government of Bangladesh, and WaterAid Bangladesh.