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World’s Best B-School Professors: Jay Shanken

Emory’s Jay Shanken is an esteemed expert on asset pricing and one of the world’s best business school profs

Jay Shanken

Goizueta School of Business

Claim to Fame: Financial Expert


Carnegie-Mellon University, PhD, Economics

Carnegie-Mellon University, MS, Economics

Cornell University, MA, Mathematics

SUNY at Stony Brook, BS, Mathematics

At Goizueta Since: 2002

Before Goizueta: University of Rochester, University of California-Berkeley

Fun Fact: I’m a big music fan, especially bands from the 60s and 70s, as well as more recent groups like Radiohead, and classical music. I also practice Tai Chi.

If I wasn’t teaching, my dream job would be: Musician

Best part of the job: The freedom I have to pursue interesting ideas and be perpetually learning. The view from my office is great, too.

Worst part of the job: Some administrative meetings can be very boring.

Distinguished faculty member and chair of the finance department at Emory’s Goizueta Business School Jay Shanken is an esteemed expert on asset pricing. His academic studies delve into the investments and capital realm of finance. Since 1997, Shanken has served as a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research Asset Pricing Program. Since 2003 he has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Shanken’s research and thought leadership have also afforded him the opportunity to extend his expertise beyond the classroom and into leading financial firms. He has done consulting work for top firms including Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital.

Students Say:

“Professor Shanken is a world renowned researcher on the investments/capital markets side of finance; however, he also spends time teaching the introductory finance course. He is a thought provoking and challenging professor who helps students understand how the theoretical concepts from his research apply to real world applications; and he backs this up with examples from his current consulting projects.  Additionally, while it is impressive to see Professor Shanken quoted throughout the textbook and other publications, what makes him standout is his laid-back style, approachability, and caring attitude.” — Matthew Long – Goizueta 2012