Bengt Holmstrom

Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics

Bengt Holmstrom

Bengt Robert Holmström is the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at MIT, where he also was head of the Economics Department from 2003-2006. He holds a joint appointment with the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Holmström’s research interests are in the fields of contracting and incentives. He has contributed to the development of the theory of contracting and incentives, the theory of the firm, corporate governance, and most recently to the understanding of liquidity problems and financial crises. 

He was Associate Professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and was the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Management at Yale University’s School of Management. 

Holmström is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society and an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the executive committee for the Center of Economic Policy Research, second Vice President of the Econometric Society, and a board member of Nokia Corporation and of the Aalto University Foundation. 

Holmström holds a BS in mathematics, physics, theoretical physics, and statistics from the University of Helsinki, an MSc in operations research from Stanford University, and a PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

General Expertise: Alliances; Apple; Apple; Applied economics; Applied microeconomics; Bank capital; Banking; Business school; Capital market; Capital markets; Central banks; CEO compensation; CEO compensation; Compensation; Compensation; Competition; Competitive strategy; Contagion; Contracting; Corporate diversification; Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate incentives; Debt; Debt ceiling; Debt contracts; Decision analysis; Deflation; Earnings manipulation; Economics; Economy; Education; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurship; Equities; Euro; European Union (EU); Eurozone; Executive compensation; Executive compensation; Executive pay; Family business; Federal Reserve; Finance; Financial markets; Financial regulation; Financial reporting; Future of work; Game theory; Global economics; Globalization; Great Recession; Hi-technology / Hi-tech; Incentives; Incubators; Information technology; Innovation; Investment analysis; Leadership; Liquidity; Managerial economics; Managerial economics; Managerial vision; Microeconomics; Microeconomics; Monetary policy; Motivation; Motivation; Organizational design and performance; Organizational studies; Organizations; Outsourcing; Performance measurement systems; Scandinavia; Securitization; Signaling; Smartphones; Stock market; Stock options; Strategy; Technological innovation; United States; Venture capital; Venture capital; Wireless communication


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