Written on 22 March 2012.
Graduated from Harvard with a PhD in Economics, Professor López-de-Silanes joined EDHEC Business School in 2007 as Professor of Finance. Specialisted in international corporate finance and financial markets, legal reform, and privatisation, he heads the Fund Governance Research programme at the EDHEC-Risk Institute. Professor Lopez-de-Silanes lso holds a joint Chair in Law and Finance at Paris School of Economics and EDHEC, and has the honorary title of Distinguished Professor of Finance at the University of Amsterdam.
Professor López-de-Silanes has been ranked as #1 European professor in Management and Economics for academic citations. He has published widely in leading economics and finance journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Finance, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics.
He has been repeatedly distinguished for research achievements. Since November 2004, he has been one of the three most cited researchers in the area of economics and business according to ESI Statistics. He has also been the second most cited professor in the world in the fields of economics and business according to the 2008 edition of the ScienceWatch rankings of management and economics professors. Drawn up by Thomson Reuters and based on an analysis of 11,000 international journals and 10 million articles, spanning a 10-year publication cycle, the ranking is a key indicator for the global academic community.
He has previously held faculty positions at University of Amsterdam, Yale, Harvard, and ITAM.
Among other distinctions, he received Harvard's Wells Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics (1995), the Brattle Prize for distinguished paper in the Journal of Finance of the American Finance Association (1999), and the Jensen Prize for the best papers published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations (2000). He is one of the top three most cited researchers in the world in economics