Martin Schmalz

Martin Schmalz is a tenured Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. His PhD is from Princeton University (USA). He co-authored “The Business of Big Data: How to Create Lasting Value in the Age of AI”, and was featured as one of the “40 under 40” best business school professors worldwide at the age of 33. He was invited to present to regulators and policy makers across the globe, including the US Department of Justice, FTC, The White House Council of Economic Advisers, European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, various central banks, and at universities across America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His research on corporate governance, antitrust, and financial economics, has been published in The Journal of Finance (where it won a Brattle Prize), Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and was covered, among others, by The New York Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fortune, Handelsblatt, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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