Amit Seru

Professor, Finance

Amit Seru

The Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium
Director, The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program

Research Interests

  • Financial Intermediation and Regulation
  • Resource Allocation and Internal Organization of Firms
  • Performance Evaluations and Incentives


Amit Seru is The Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He was formerly a faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Professor Seru’s research focuses on corporate finance with an emphasis on financial intermediation and regulation, technological innovation and incentive provision, and financing in firms. His research in these areas has been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and other peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Finance and was previously an editor of Review of Corporate Finance Studies, department editor (Finance) of Management Science, and an associate editor of the Journal of Political Economy.

He has presented his research to U.S. and international regulatory agencies, including the Bank for International Settlement (BIS), Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), European Central Bank (ECB), Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Most recently, he gave the Biennial Andrew Crockett lecture on regulation of banks in the era of fintechs to central bank governors around the world at the BIS. He has received various National Science Foundation grants, the Alexandre Lamfalussy research fellowship from BIS, and was named as one of the Top 25 Economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund in 2014. His research has been featured in major media, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist.

Seru earned a BE in electronics and communication and an MBA from the University of Delhi. Subsequently, he received a PhD in finance from the University of Michigan before. He was a senior consultant at Accenture before pursuing his PhD. Seru was the recipient of a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan and received a Lt. Governor’s gold medal for overall academic excellence at the University of Delhi.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Finance, University of Michigan, 2007
  • MBA, University of Delhi, 1998
  • B. E (Electronics & Communication), University of Delhi, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Finance, Stanford GSB, 2016–present
  • Denis and Karen Chookaszian Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2015–16
  • Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2013–14
  • Associate Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2011–12
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2007–10

Awards and Honors

  • R. Michael and Mary Shanahan Faculty Fellow for 2019–20
  • R. Michael and Mary Shanahan Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2018–19
  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 2018
  • National Science Foundation Award, 2016
  • Rising Star in Finance Award, 2016
  • Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago GSB, 2016
  • Journal of Financial Economics Paper Prize in Corporate Finance (First Prize), 2015
  • Emory Williams Annual (School wide) Teaching Award, 2015
  • IMF Generation Next Award, 2014
  • AER Excellence in Refereeing, 2014
  • QJE Excellence in Refereeing, 2014
  • AQR Insight Award, 2014
  • Crowell Memorial Prize, Panagora Asset Management, 2014
  • Finalist, MacArthur Foundation Grant, 2014
  • Best paper, Red Rock Conference, 2012
  • Chookaszian Endowed Risk Management Prize, 2011
  • Best paper awards at European Finance Association, CAF Research Conference, NSIM Conference and Mistsui Research Conference, 2008
  • BSI Research Award, 2008


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