Paul Pfleiderer’s early research was primarily focused on issues arising in financial markets when traders are asymmetrically informed. In pursuing that research he developed theoretical models that analyze how information is incorporated in prices through trading and how information flows determine trading volume. He also analyzed how information is sold to investors when the value of the information is reduced the more widely it is disseminated. In other research he studied problems involved in measuring active funds’ performance, contracting concerns in venture financing, and policy issues related to disclosure requirements. His most recent research addresses issues in corporate governance and the regulation of banks and other financial institutions.
Professor Pfleiderer received BA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale University, all in the field of economics. He has been teaching at Stanford since 1981. His research, much of which has been jointly pursued with Anat Admati, another professor of finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business, is generally concerned with issues that arise when agents acting in financial markets are differentially informed. In addition to his academic research, Professor Pfleiderer has consulted for various corporations and banks and has been involved in developing risk models and optimization software for use by portfolio managers.