Franklin Allen

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Franklin Allen
Born (1956-03-06) 6 March 1956 (age 63)
Field Financial economics
Alma mater University of East Anglia (B.A.)
Nuffield College, Oxford (D.Phil)
James Mirrlees [1]

Franklin Allen, FBA (born 6 March 1956) is a British economist and academic. Since 2014, he has been Professor of Finance and Economics, and Executive Director of the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College London. [2] He was the Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is most active in the research areas of financial innovations, asset price bubbles, the comparison of financial systems, and financial crises.

Fellow of the British Academy award granted by the British Academy to leading academics for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences

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  1. Fellows, for scholars resident in the United Kingdom
  2. Corresponding Fellows, for scholars not resident in the UK
  3. Honorary Fellows, an honorary academic title
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Early life and education

He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and Norwich City College. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class bachelor's degree in 1977 and completed his Doctorate in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford in 1980.

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Academic career

Allen was Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School from 1980 to 1990, when he became Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Doctoral Programs and Professor of Finance and Economics. In 1994 he was assigned to the chair of Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics as professor. Additionally, he took the position of co-director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He has also visited diverse universities and research centres in the context of visiting professorships, academic fellowships and scientific advisory such as the University of Tokyo (1993), the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität of Francfort (2001, 2006), the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad (2005), the Stockholm School of Economics and Gothenburg University in Sweden (2006).

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He is a past president of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association and the Society for Financial Studies, as well as a scientific adviser at the Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden. He is the editor of the European Finance Association's flagship journal, the Review of Finance. [3] Besides, he acts as Advisor to Fair Observer, an online magazine covering global issues from a plurality of perspectives, on issues concerning finance or economics, but also on future strategy and editorial policy. [4]

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Together with Stewart Myers and Richard Brealey, he is the author of Principles of Corporate Finance . The work is a widely prescribed, standard textbook for undergraduate students in corporate finance, and also addresses the needs of practising financial managers.

Stewart Clay Myers is the Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Financial Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is notable for his work on capital structure and innovations in capital budgeting and valuation, and has had a "remarkable influence" on both the theory and practice of corporate finance. Myers, in fact, coined the term "real option". He is the co-author with Richard A. Brealey and Franklin Allen of Principles of Corporate Finance, a widely used and cited business school textbook, now in its 11th edition. He is also the author of dozens of research articles.

<i>Principles of Corporate Finance</i> book by Richard A. Brealey

Principles of Corporate Finance is a reference work on the corporate finance theory edited by Richard Brealey, Stewart Myers, and Franklin Allen. The book is one of the leading texts that describes the theory and practice of corporate finance. It was initially published in October 1980 and now is available in its 12th edition. Principles of Corporate Finance has earned loyalty both as a classroom tool and as a professional reference book.

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In July 2017, Allen was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. [5]

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  1. Allen's CV
  2. "Professor Franklin Allen". Imperial College London. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  3. "Editorial Board". Review of Finance. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  5. "Elections to the British Academy celebrate the diversity of UK research". British Academy. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.