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Tuesday, December 15 2020 - 10:32
Harvard economist Andrei Shleifer joins SKEMA as a visiting professor
SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, Dec. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- One of the world's leading economists, this eminent professor will conduct 
post- COVID-19 research on finance and growth at SKEMA Business School for the 
2020-2021 academic year. 

Andrei Shleifer is among the world's most highly cited economists for his 
research work. He has taken a year leave from the Harvard campus, where he has 
been teaching since 1991, to join SKEMA as a visiting professor.

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Alice Guilhon, SKEMA's dean, is delighted with his arrival: "Andrei is 
recognised as one of the world's leading economists. He can make a significant 
contribution to SKEMA's research, particularly in the crucial area of French 
and European post-COVID-19 financial and economic recovery."

Florencio Lopez de Silanes, associate dean for academic strategy at SKEMA and 
professor of finance and economics, with whom Andrei Shleifer will continue to 
work, underlines a historic cooperation between them: "We have been co-authors 
for over 25 years, starting at Harvard where we spent several years together 
and helped create the area of "Law and Finance."

The economists will work together on the assignment from September 15, 2020, to 
August 31, 2021. Based at the Sophia Antipolis campus, Andrei will have access 
to SKEMA's resources from its three sites in France for his research work.

Helping leaders boost growth

Professors Lopez de Silanes and Shleifer will work this year on several 
research projects at SKEMA. One of these projects will study the factors that 
determine investment and are at the origin of macroeconomic development and 
employment growth. This issue is key in France and Europe in the context of the 
current economic recession created by the health crisis linked to COVID-19.

The expectations of economic agents condition their consumption and investment 
decisions. Therefore, a turnaround in expectations towards greater optimism is 
essential for economic recovery. As a global expert in the formation of 
macroeconomic expectations, Professor Shleifer will work with Professor Lopez 
de Silanes and other researchers to try to understand how European companies 
form expectations and how these impact investment choices, and thus, economic 

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SOURCE:  SKEMA Business School