Best 40-Under-40 Professor Asaf Manela

Asaf Manela of Washington University's Olin School of Business

Asaf Manela of Washington University’s Olin School of Business

Asaf Manela 

Assistant Professor of Finance

Age: 34

Institution: Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

Since: 2011

Before current institution: PhD student of finance at Chicago Booth 

Hometown: Nahariya, Israel 

Marital status: Married

Children: 1


University of Chicago, PhD, Finance

Boston University, BA, Economics and Computer Science

Courses currently teaching: Options, Futures, and Derivative Securities 

Fun facts: While in college, I started and eventually sold a software startup that helps students register for classes. I also enjoy sailing and scuba diving.

Professor you most admire: Douglas Diamond, a visionary in financial intermediation research and a genuinely nice person.

Most memorable moment as a professor: When a student in my class told me he had just nailed a job interview because of something I taught the previous week.

If I weren’t a b-school professor…” I would start a software company.

Twitter: @AsafManela

Only two years removed from his PhD program at Chicago’s Booth School, this 34-year-old finance professor is already producing fantastic academic research. He has won several “Best Paper” awards for his research in asset pricing, financial intermediation, and information economics.

In his dissertation, he studied how the speed by which information diffuses affects its value to a stock market investor. A paper based on this dissertation is forthcoming in a leading academic publication, Journal of Financial Economics.

Asaf Manela is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40


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