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Dimitri Vayanos

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Professor of Finance, London School of Economics (LSE) (2004-present)

Editor of the Review of Economic Studies

Leading theorist of market liquidity, asset pricing and financial bubbles

Dimitri Vayanos is Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics, where he also directs the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality.

Dimitri completed his PhD in 1993 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before taking a place as a faculty member at Stanford University Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Economics (1993-97). From there he returned to MIT as an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Sloan School of Management (1997-2004). Since 2004 Dimitri has been based at the London School of Economics as a Professor of Finance.

His research focuses on financial markets, and especially on what drives market liquidity, why asset prices can differ from assets’ fundamental values, why bubbles and crises can occur, and what are appropriate regulatory and policy responses. To date he has published 15 major papers and multiple surveys in leading economics and finance journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies. 

He is an Editor of the Review of Economic Studies, a Director of the American Finance Association, a Research Fellow at CEPR and a past Director of its Financial Economics program, a Research Associate at NBER, and a current or past Associate Editor of a number of journals including the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

His work has also been published in mainstream media, notably: Economist, Financial times, The Times and the New Yorker.

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"Dimitri's already distinguished career has seen him explore many of the causes and symptoms of dysfunction in financial markets. As comfortable discussing the technical specificity of these drivers as he is the policy implications they throw up, his insights are not to be missed for audiences wishing to grapple with the complexity of global economics and market variability."

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