David Thesmar

Advisory Board Member

David Thesmar is the Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an expert in corporate finance, financial intermediation, entrepreneurship, and behavioral economics. Recently, he has studied the impact of financing constraints on the real economy. He also investigates risk management and systemic risk in banking. He has also researched firm organization and non-rational decision making on corporate strategies. His work makes systematic use of large data sets but emphasizes a parsimonious modelling approach to address economic questions. A native of France, David has been involved in policy advising both at the French and European level. He was a member of the council of economic advisors to the French prime minister from 2007 to 2013, and is currently a scientific adviser to the European Systemic Risk Board. An active participant in the public debate, David is the author of several books, and a regular columnist for the French daily newspaper LesEchos. He has also held numerous consulting positions in the private sector, with a focus on big data related topics.

Professor Thesmar hold a B.A. in Physics and Economics from École Polytechnique, and a Ph.D. from Paris School of Economics.