Harvard economist Andrei Shleifer joins SKEMA as a Visiting Professor

Skema Andrei Schleifer One of the world’s leading economists, this eminent professor will conduct postCOVID-19 research on finance and growth at SKEMA Business School for the academic year.

He is the world’s most highly cited economist for his research work.

Andrei Shleifer has taken a year leave from the Harvard campus, where he has been teaching since 1991, to join SKEMA as a visiting professor.

Alice Guilhon, SKEMA’s dean, is delighted with his arrival: “Andrei is recognised as one of the world’s leading economists. He can make a significant contribution to SKEMA’s research, particularly in the crucial area of French and European post-COVID-19 financial and economic recovery.”

Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, associate dean for academic strategy at SKEMA and professor of finance and economics, with whom Andrei Shleifer will continue to work, underlines a historic cooperation between them: “We have been co-authors for over 25 years, starting at Harvard where we spent several years together and help create the area of “Law and Finance.”

The economists will work together this year from the assignment is from September 15, 2020, to August 31, 2021. Based at the Sophia Antipolis campus, his research work will give him access to SKEMA’s resources from its three sites in France.

Helping leaders to boost growth

The economists will work together this year at SKEMA on several research projects. One of these projects will study the factors that determine investment and are at the origin of macroeconomic development and employment growth. This issue is key in France and Europe in the context of the current economic recession created by the health crisis linked to COVID-19.

The expectations of economic agents condition their consumption and investment decisions. Therefore, a turnaround in expectations towards greater optimism is essential for economic recovery. As a global expert in the formation of macroeconomic expectations, Professor Shleifer will work with Professor Lopez-de-Silanes and other researchers to try to understand how European companies form expectations and how these impact investment choices, and thus, economic growth.

About Andrei Shleifer:
Andrei Shleifer is the John L. Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT. Before coming to Harvard in 1991, he has taught at Princeton and the Chicago Business School. Shleifer has worked in the areas of comparative corporate governance, law and finance, behavioural finance, as well as institutional economics. He has published seven books, including The Grabbing Hand, Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioural Finance, and A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility, as well as over one hundred research articles. Shleifer is an editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Finance Association. In 1999, Shleifer won the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association. According to RePEc, Andrei Schleifer is the most cited economist in the world.

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