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Professor of Finance

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Jens Hagendorff is Professor of Finance at The University of Edinburgh.

He was previously a Professor of Finance & Investment at Cardiff University, the AmBank Financial Services Professor at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur), and the Martin Currie Professor in Finance & Investment at The University of Edinburgh. Jens has also worked at the Financial Stability Department of The Bank of Spain and as a lecturer at The University of Leeds. Jens held visiting positions in the U.S., Italy, and Spain, most recently as a visiting fellow at The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Bank of Spain in Madrid.

Research Interests

Jens' work has been published in leading academic journals such as Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking & Finance. He is one of the authors of Size, Risk and Governance in European Banking (Oxford University Press).

Jens is an expert on bank risk and systemic risk as well as on corporate governance and the risk/return profile of companies. Jens also has an interest in the implications of natural catastrophes on financial markets. Some of his work has featured in The Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, BBC News, and other media.

He acts as an advisor/consultant to commercial and central banks as well as to asset management firms on a wide range of finance, investment, and banking issues. Recently, Jens has led a major review into the economic footprint of the European asset management industry for EY and PwC.

Jens has developed and delivered training and executive education programmes around finance, banking, and investment management for major global banks and asset management firms.

He is a regular speaker at international conferences, corporate events, and industry forums. Recent talks include the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and St Louis, the Swiss Asset Management Association, the Institute of Bankers in Malaysia, and the Beijing Municipal Government.

In 2013, Jens was elected a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy.

Recent Publications

When Banks Grow Too Big for Their National Economies: Tail Risks, Risk Channels and Government Guarantees, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (2018), with Keasey, K. and Vallascas, F.

Does a CEO's cultural heritage affect performance under competitive pressure? Review of Financial Studies (2018), with Nguyen, D.D. and Eshraghi, A.

Independent director reputation incentives and stock price informativeness, Journal of Corporate Finance (2017), with Sila, V. and Gonzalez, A.

Can bank boards prevent misconduct? Review of Finance (2016), with Nguyen, D.D. and Eshraghi, A.

Women on board: does boardroom gender diversity affect firm risk? Journal of Corporate Finance (2016), with Sila, V. and Gonzalez, A.

The risk sensitivity of capital requirements: evidence from an international sample of large banks.  Review of Finance (2013), with Vallascas, F.

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