Anjan Thakor

Anjan Thakor holds the John E Simon Professorship of Finance and is Director of the Olin Business School’s PhD program. He has also served as Senior Associate Dean at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Until July 2003, he was the Edward J Frey Professorship of Banking and Finance and Chairman of the Finance Group (2000-03) at the University of Michigan Business School. Prior to joining the University of Michigan Business School, he served as the NBD Professor of Finance and Chairman of the Finance Department at the School of Business at Indiana University. Thakor has also served on the faculties of Northwestern University and UCLA as a visiting professor. He received his PhD in Finance from Northwestern University. 
 
Thakor designs and teaches courses in the PhD, MBA and Executive MBA programs and at the Olin School’s Executive Education Center. The executive education courses he taught at Michigan include Growth Strategies, Corporate Financial Management, and Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures. At Olin, Thakor has taught a variety of executive education seminars in Olin’s Custom programs with specific companies, as well as its open enrolments programmes. The Open Enrolments programmes include Growth Engine, and Finance For Non-Finance Executives.
 
Thakor's research and teaching interests focus on information economics, corporate finance and banking. He has published research articles in leading economics and Finance journals, like The American Economic Review, The Review of Economic Studies, The RAND Journal of Economics, The Economic Journal, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Economic Theory, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Journal of Financial Intermediation, and The Review of Financial Studies. In addition to his many publishes articles, monographs, and book chapters, Thakor has written numerous books, including: Credit, Intermediation and the Macroeconomy: Models and Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2004), Designing Financial Systems in Transition Economies (MIT Press, 2002), The Value Sphere: The Corporate Executive’s Handbook For Creating and Retaining Shareholder Wealth (World Scientific Press, 2009 ), Contemporary Financial Intermediation ( Elsevier, 2007), Becoming a Better Value Creator: How to Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line. And Your Own ( Jossey Bass, June, 2000), Competing Values Leadership ( Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006), and Handbook of Financial Intermediation and Banking (Elsevier, 2008). He has served as managing editor of Journal of Financial Intermediation from 1996-2005 and currently serves on the journal’s advisory board. He is currently associate editor of Journal of Banking and Finance and past-President of the Financial Intermediation Research Society. He served on the Nominating Committee for the Nobel Prize in Economics during 1993-2004. He is also a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute.