Amit Seru

Senior Fellow

Amit Seru is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He formerly taught at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Professor Seru’s primary research interest is in corporate finance. He is interested in issues related to financial intermediation and regulation, interaction of internal organization of firms with financing and investment, and incentive provision in firms. His papers in these areas have been published in several journals, including, the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal and the Review of Financial Studies. He is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Finance and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Economy. His research has been featured in major media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Economist.

Seru earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication and an MBA from the University of Delhi. Subsequently, he received a PhD in finance from the University of Michigan before joining the University of Chicago. He was a senior consultant at Accenture before pursuing his Ph.D. Seru was the recipient of a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan and received a Lt. Governor’s gold medal for overall academic excellence at the University of Delhi.

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In the News

‘Fintech Shadow Banks’ Shaping Global Credit – Amit Seru

quoting Amit Seru via Central Banking
Monday, July 8, 2019

Regulators need to pay more attention to shadow banks, Stanford professor says.


Amit Seru: Regulating Banks In The Era Of Fintech Shadow Banks

interview with Amit Seru via BIS
Friday, July 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Amit Seru talks about the growth of shadow banks, the increased regulatory burden faced by traditional banks, and the financial technology adopted by shadow banks. He argues that these factors explain changes in credit markets around the globe.


How Innovation Drives Economic Growth

featuring Stephen Haber, Edward Paul Lazear, Amit Seru via Stanford Business
Monday, June 24, 2019

Three Stanford scholars explore how we measure innovation, how innovation drives productivity, and how productivity affects inequality.

A Century of Ideas: Technology, Innovation, And The Future Of The U.S. Economy

interview with Stephen Haber, Edward Paul Lazear, Amit Seru via The Hoover Centennial
Monday, May 20, 2019

This session will discuss the sources of prosperity in the United States over the past century and will look at the drivers of prosperity over the next century. Panelists will also address the ongoing debate about the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on standards of living and the sets of relevant facts and data to consider.

In the News

3M Sticks Together, As Rivals Break Apart

quoting Amit Seru via The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 11, 2019

[Subscription Required] As other sprawling corporations break up or shed assets, 3M Co. is doubling down on its future as a conglomerate. Peers such as United Technologies Corp. and DowDuPont Inc. are splitting up. General Electric Co. is shrinking. Arconic Inc., cleaved off three years ago from the aluminum giant that was Alcoa, plans to dump more units this year.


Analysis and Commentary

The Labor Market For Financial Misconduct

by Amit Seru , Gregor Matvosvia The National Bureau Of Economic Research
Monday, April 8, 2019

Financial advisers in the United States manage over $30 trillion in investible assets, and plan the financial futures of roughly half of U.S. households. At the same time, trust in the financial sector remains near all-time lows. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer ranks financial services as the least trusted sector by consumers, finding that only 54 percent of consumers "trust the financial services sector to do what is right."

In the News

Why The Binding Arbitration Game Is Rigged Against Customers

quoting Amit Seru via
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
You may have noticed it in the boilerplate of your customer contract with a bank, a brokerage firm, or just a cellular phone carrier.
In the News

How Much Does Innovation Drive Economic Growth?

featuring Amit Seru via KelloggInsight
Monday, March 4, 2019

What drives economic progress? The answer to that question remains something of a mystery.

Bank Vault
In the News

Commentary: Bike-Sharing E-Wallets, Peer-To-Peer Lending And The Astronomical Rise Of Shadow Banking

mentioning Amit Seru via Channel NewsAsia
Sunday, February 17, 2019

When many Singaporeans lost their deposit to oBike after news of its ghastly exit rocked the nation, consumers awoke to the risks of putting money into an e-wallets and the possibility that they might find theirs emptied all of a sudden, with little recourse for help.

Analysis and Commentary

Shift Job Paradigm Without Fail

by Chirantan Chatterjee mentioning Amit Seru via DNA India
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Recent reports suggest that the Government of India may have withheld data of latest unemployment figures, post the 2016 Indian demonetisation.