Dimitri is a non-remunerated Director of Ricardo Research, with the role of overseeing the academic and technical content of the intellectual capital developed by the firm.

Dimitri is Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics, where he also directs the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality. He is a Fellow of the British Academy; a Director and former Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies; a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a former Director of its Financial Economics program; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a former Director of the American Finance Association.

His research, published in leading economics and finance journals, focuses on financial markets, and especially on what drives market liquidity, why asset prices can differ from fundamental value, why bubbles and crises can occur, and what are appropriate regulatory and policy responses. He is a former editor of the blog Greek Economists for Reform, one of the editors of the book “Beyond Austerity: Reforming the Greek Economy”, and one of the authors of the European Safe Bonds (ESBies) proposal.

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Innovation and shirking in financial markets

Innovation is usually viewed by economists as a productivity-enhancing force, powering economic growth in modern capitalist societies. This is just as true in the investment industry, where new products are assumed to help consumers meet their individual financial needs. This optimistic view ignores the damage that can be done by innovations, especially in the financial sector, where agency issues create the potential for negligence and rent extraction.

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Asset mispricing: the ignored externality

The externalities of greatest interest in contemporary discussion typically fall under the E, S and G headings. However, this leaves a critically important externality – that of asset mispricing – largely ignored. Asset owners should broaden their awareness of the externalities that arise from their investment approach.

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