Myron S. Scholes

Myron S. Scholes
Professor Emeritus, Finance
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Research Statement

Myron Scholes’ research has focused on understanding uncertainty and its effect on asset prices and the value of options, including flexibility options. He has studied the effects of tax policy on asset prices and incentives. He studied the effects of the taxation of dividends on the prices of securities, the interaction of incentives and taxes in executive compensation, capital structure issues with taxation, and the effects of taxes on the optimal liquidation of assets. He wrote several articles on investment banking and incentives and developed a new theory of tax planning under uncertainty and information asymmetry which led to a book with Mark A. Wolfson called Taxes and Business Strategies: A Planning Approach (Prentice Hall, 1991).


Myron Scholes is the Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, and co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. Scholes was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his new method of determining the value of derivatives. Scholes is currently the Chairman of the Board of Economic Advisers of Stamos Partners. Previously he served as the Chairman of Platinum Grove Asset Management and on the Dimensional Fund Advisors Board of Directors, American Century Mutual Fund Board of Directors and the Cutwater Advisory Board. He was a principal and Limited Partner at Long-Term Capital Management, L.P. and a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers. Other positions Scholes held include the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Director of the Center for Research in Security Prices, and Professor of Finance at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Scholes earned his PhD at the University of Chicago.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1969
  • MBA, University of Chicago, 1964
  • BA, McMaster University (Ontario), 1961

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1983, Emeritus since 1996
  • Associate Professor, University of Chicago, 1973-1983
  • Associate Professor, MIT, 1968-1973

Awards and Honors

  • Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, The Nobel Foundation, 1997


Journal Articles

Myron S. Scholes, Mark A. Wolfson. Journal of Financial Economics. September 1989, Vol. 24, Issue 1, Pages 7–35.
Myron S. Scholes. Journal of Futures Research. July 1981, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Pages 265–286.
George M. Constantinides, Myron S. Scholes. Journal of Finance. May 1980, Vol. 35, Issue 2, Pages 439-449.
Merton H. Miller, Myron S. Scholes. Journal of Financial Economics. December 1978, Vol. 6, Issue 4, Pages 333-364.
Fischer Black, Myron S. Scholes. Journal of Financial Economics. May 1974, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Pages 1–22.


Myron S. Scholes, Mark A. Wolfson, Merle Erickson, Michelle Hanlon, Edward Maydew, Terry Shevlin Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2015.

Working Papers

The Cost of Constraints: Risk Management, Agency Theory and Asset Prices | PDF
Ashwin Alankar, Peter Blaustein, Myron S. Scholes, July 62014


Degree Courses


This course provides a framework to understand how uncertainty and technology affect the evolution of finance (and businesses generally), with heavy emphasis on recent developments and future trends. In recent years Myron Scholes has given about...


This course provides a framework to understand how uncertainty and technology affect the evolution of finance (and businesses generally), and its illustration with heavy emphasis on recent developments and future trends. In recent years Myron...

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