Kenneth J. Singleton

Professor Emeritus, Finance
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Kenneth J. Singleton

The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus

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Director, How Fintechs and Banks Are Reshaping the Financial Services Ecosystem

Research Statement

Kenneth Singleton’s research focuses on econometric methods for estimation and testing of dynamic asset pricing models; modeling of term structures of government and defaultable bond yields; pricing credit derivatives; measuring and managing market, credit, and liquidity risks; and debt financing in emerging economies.


Kenneth Singleton is the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has published widely on financial risks and their impacts on economic decision-making, including books on credit risk and dynamic asset pricing. His professional awards include the Smith-Breeden Prize (Journal of Finance), Frisch Medal (Econometrica), and the Stephen A. Ross Prize in Financial Economics (Foundation for the Advancement of Research in Financial Economics), and he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Journal of Econometrics, and the Society for Financial Econometrics.

Ken is currently a faculty advisor to, and serves on the Investment Committee of, the Stanford GSB Impact Fund; and is a faculty advisor to Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. He was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Finance from 2012 to 2016; served as a Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Stanford GSB from 2005 to 2008; was a special advisor to the chief economist at the IMF during the crisis in 2009; and co-led the Fixed Income Research group of Goldman Sachs, Asia while on leave from Stanford in the early 1990’s.

He is President of the Board of the 501(c)3 nonprofit 1 Grain to 1000 Grains that leads programs for low-income communities through which families discover intuitive and actionable plans for more healthful eating and for building financial capacity.

Ken holds a BA in Mathematics from Reed College and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975
  • BA, Reed College, 1973

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1987
  • CRSP Visiting Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, 1986
  • Assistant Professor-Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1980–1987
  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, 1977–1980

Professional Experience

  • Vice-President, Goldman Sachs & Co., 1991–1993 (on leave from Stanford)

Awards and Honors

  • Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow, 2018–2019
  • Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow, 2017–2018
  • Coulter Family Faculty Fellow, 2015–2016
  • Spence Faculty Fellow, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2014–2015


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Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Explore the economic forces reshaping financial services and some key implications for building competitive advantage and designing sound regulations.

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Service to the Profession

  • Fellow, The Econometric Society
  • Research Associate, Natl. Bureau of Economic Research

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