Franklin Allen is the Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been on the faculty since 1980. A current codirector of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, he was formerly vice dean and director of Wharton Doctoral Programs as well as executive editor of the Review of Financial Studies, one of the nation’s leading academic finance journals. Allen is a past president of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, the Society for Financial Studies, and the Financial Intermediation Research Society. His main areas of interest are corporate finance, asset pricing, financial innovation, comparative financial systems, and financial crises. He is a coauthor, with Richard Brealey and Stewart Myers, of the eighth through tenth editions of the textbook Principles of Corporate Finance. In addition, he is coauthor, with Glenn Yago, of Financing the Future: Market-Based Innovations for Growth. Allen received his doctorate from Oxford University.
Glenn Yago is Senior Fellow/Senior Director at the Milken Institute and its Israel Center. He is also a visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he directs the Koret–Milken Institute Fellows program. Yago is Founder of the Institute’s Financial Innovations Labs®, which focus on the innovative use of finance to solve long-standing economic development, social, and environmental challenges. His financial research and demonstration projects have contributed to policy innovations fostering the democratization of capital to traditionally underserved markets and entrepreneurs in the United States and around the world. Yago is the coauthor of several books, including The Rise and Fall of the U. S. Mortgage and Credit Markets; Global Edge; Restructuring Regulation and Financial Institutions; and Beyond Junk Bonds. In addition, he is coauthor, with Franklin Allen, of Financing the Future: Market-Based Innovations for Growth. He was formerly a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the City University of New York Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Economics. Yago earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.