Paul M. Vaaler

Paul M. Vaaler
Professor, Law School
Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities
  • Business and Management
  • Law and Policy


Paul M. Vaaler, Ph.D., JD, is a professor and John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He is also a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Vaaler’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of business, law, and politics: long-term performance stability trends and their competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the U.S.; how migrants from developing countries remit money and ideas to fund, found, and grow new businesses in developing countries with poor legal infrastructure; and how elections change the attractiveness of new democracies for lending and investment.

Vaaler has served as a consultant to firms, government agencies, and international organizations including the World Bank, where he helped develop strategies to attract more investment in West Africa from migrant diaspora communities.

Notable Achievements

  • Academy of International Business Fellow (2020-Present)
  • Fulbright Scholar (South Africa, 2019-Present)
  • Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business & Development (Oxford University, 2012)
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