Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance.  He previously was a professor at Wharton and worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and fixed income sales and trading (New York).

Dr. Edmans’ research interests are in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, investment/growth/innovation, and M&A), behavioral finance, corporate social responsibility, and practical investment strategies.  He has published in the American Economic ReviewJournal of FinanceJournal of Financial EconomicsReview of Financial Studies, and Journal of Economic Literature. He is Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He was previously Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

His research has been covered by the Wall Street JournalFinancial TimesNew York TimesThe Economist, and The Times and he has been interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports.  He won the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing, the FIR-PRI prize for Finance and Sustainability, the Investor Responsibility Research Centre prize, and the WRDS Award for Best Empirical Finance Paper at the WFA. He was a finalist for the Smith-Breeden Prize for best paper in the Journal of Finance and was named a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by Yale University and a Rising Star of Finance by NYU/Fordham/RPI.  Dr. Edmans has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, presented to the World Bank Board of Directors as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and given TEDx talks on The Social Responsibility of Business and From Post-Truth to Pro-Truth. He has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, writes regularly for Harvard Business ReviewHuffington PostWorld Economic Forum, and CityAM, and runs a blog, Access to Finance, that aims to make complex finance topics accessible to a general audience.

Dr. Edmans serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, which proposes policy reforms to encourage companies to pursue long-run purpose over short-run profit, on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, as an Advisor to Research Affiliates, and as elected faculty representative on the LBS Governing Body. He has been appointed (jointly with PwC) by the UK Government to conduct an analysis on the link between executive pay and stock buybacks, and stock buybacks and investment. He also serves as Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, giving free lectures to the public. His 2018/19 lecture series is on How Business Can Better Serve Society.

At Wharton, Alex won 14 teaching awards in six years. At London Business School, he won Best Teacher awards for both the MBA and Masters in Financial Analysis programmes and the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor across all programmes. He has served as Orientation Speaker and Graduation Speaker to the MBA, MFA, and Masters in Management classes.

He holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Economics and Management from University of Oxford.