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Jens Hagendorff

Jens Hagendorff


Jens Hagendorff is a Professor of Finance & Investment at The University of Edinburgh. Jens is an expert on banking, central banking, executive compensation, investment strategies and bank risk. He has written widely on these topics and is an author of Risk, Size and Governance in European Banking.

A German national, Jens was educated in Germany, the U.S. and the UK. He holds a PhD in financial economics from the University of Leeds where he worked as a Lecturer in Accounting & Finance from 2006 to 2010. In 2010/11, Jens joined the Spanish central bank (Banco de Espana) in Madrid as an economist. In Madrid, Jens worked in the Financial Stability department with responsibilities for stress testing and advising on the role of takeovers to strengthen banks’ safety and soundness.

Jens returned to the UK as a senior lecturer at The University of Edinburgh and was appointed the Martin Currie Chair in Finance & Investment in 2012 at the age of 31. At that point, Jens was the youngest professor in his subject area among the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the UK.
Jens seeks to combine academic work with practical applications. He maintains close links to a number of central banks and regulatory agencies.

He was a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (2010-12) where he worked on European banking issues and risks related to the Eurozone. Recently, he has been a speaker at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on topics around bank size, risk and Basel 3. Jens was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Young Academy) in 2013.

Jens works closely with asset management firms and banks. He has worked on topics such as the use of alternative assets in client portfolios, insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bonds, Basel rules, bank risk-taking and the Eurozone with Aon, the CFA Institute, ICAS, Scottish Widows, RBS and others.


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