Luigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. Mc Cormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. In 2003, Zingales received the Bernacer Prize for the best European young financial economist. In 2013 he has been named founding director of the Center for Economic Analysis of the PCAOB. In 2014 he served as President of the American Finance Association. He is co-author with Raghuram G. Rajan of “Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists” (2003) and author of “A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity” (2012). His latest book is “Europa o no” (2014).

Uber and the Sherlock Holmes Principle: How Control of Data Can Lead to Biased Academic Research

How can we ensure that academic journals do not become an unintended instrument in the PR efforts of powerful firms? Luigi Zingales offers some...

Trump's Impeachment Highlights Biden Familial Revolving Door

The President's behavior provides direct evidence of how political power is used to advance personal goals. It has also had the unintended consequence of exposing...

“The Digital Robber Barons Kill Innovation”: the Stigler Center's Report Enters the Senate

In a letter submitted to the record by the US Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust currently investigating Big Tech, Luigi Zingales expounds on the Stigler...

Dear Graduates, Here’s What You Can Do to Change Capitalism For the Better

Delivering UChicago’s 532nd Convocation address, Luigi Zingales advised young graduates to embrace their power as consumers, workers, and citizens and fight corporate monopolies. Dear...

Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index Shows Americans’ Trust in Financial Institutions Increasing After Rocky Decade

Financial trust increased from 22 percent in 2008 to 28 percent at the end of 2018, according to a survey marking the 10-year anniversary...

Subsidies to Amazon Are Uneconomical, Un-American, and Unconstitutional

Corporate subsidies are a negative-sum game. They foster crony capitalism, hurt productivity growth and inflict great harm on product market competition. As soon as Amazon announced...

Does Uber Kill? The Real Cost of Ride-sharing

A new Stigler Center working paper finds that ride-sharing actually increases the number of new car registrations and fatal accidents. Two years ago, the Stigler...

Why Every Good Economist Should Be Feminist

As every good economist knows, markets work best when they are competitive. Therefore, every good economist should also be a feminist, defending a level...

Paul Tucker on Unelected Power: A Technocrat against Technocracy

In a recent review of Paul Tucker’s new book Unelected Power (extracted here for ProMarket), Diane Coyle of the University of Manchester and the...

Why the T-Mobile–Sprint Merger Will Likely Lead to Higher Prices and Lower Quality

The rise in prices of mobile services risks imposing a higher tax on most households, higher than any possible tax rebate they might receive.  The...

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