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Eugene FAMA finally receives the Nobel prize he deserves

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Eugene F. Fama Photo: B. Rooney, © University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Eugene F. Fama Photo: B. Rooney, ©University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

On Monday October 14th, more than 50 years after the race to the Moon he contributed to launch in financial economics, in the same vein than Franco Modigliani and Merton Miller, Eugene FAMA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics (well, the Swedish National Bank prize for the meticulous ones). 

You can read the press release here (Nobel Prize press release) or the excellent full report produced at this occasion.

Fama is known for his numerous articles on testing the Efficient Markets Hypothesis (EMH) he proposed, many of them written with his fidele co-author Kenneth French.

But what people must realise is that he gave an impulse to a whole generation at University of Chicago, to which Modern Finance owes a lot. A generation that counted among them: Schaefer, Schleifer, Scholes,…and André Farber (our dear colleague at ULB who passed away in 2017). Fama and Farber wrote in 1979: Money, Bonds and Foreign Exchange

The Europeans of that generation came back from US and gave rise to a substantial update in the way Finance was taught in business schools over this side of the Atlantic.

We suggest you to read his story narrated by himself.

Dear Prof. Fama, congratulations for your work and thank you for the momentum (not in the markets but in research this time) you created.

Hugues Pirotte

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