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Robert F. Whitelaw

Robert F. Whitelaw

Joined Stern 1992

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street, 600
New York, NY 10012

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Robert F. Whitelaw is the Vice Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Edward C. Johnson 3d Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.

Professor Whitelaw is best known for his comprehensive research on empirical asset pricing, including the resolution of the market-level risk-return puzzle, the role of information processing in explaining excess volatility, and the impact of frictions in generating apparent market inefficiency. His research also addresses the pricing and hedging of fixed income securities, and risk measurement and management. In addition, he is increasingly recognized for his expertise on China's evolving financial system.

His papers have been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies, as well as practitioner journals such as the Journal of Derivatives, the Journal of Fixed Income, Risk, and the Financial Analysts Journal. His research has received awards from organizations including Goldman Sachs Asset Management and the Chicago Quantitative Alliance. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Program on Asset Pricing, and a past Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Finance. His work on The Real Value of China's Stock Market has been presented at venues including the NBER, the People's Bank of China, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges.

He has a PhD in Finance from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, and a BS in Mathematics from MIT. Professor Whitelaw teaches portfolio management, investments/capital markets and international finance in the MBA, undergraduate and executive programs and asset pricing at the doctoral level.

Research Interests

  • Market efficiency
  • Stock return predictability
  • Risk and return in the stock and bond markets
  • Hedging and risk management

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Finance
  • International Financial Management
  • Portfolio Management

Academic Background

Ph.D., Finance, 1993
Stanford University

B.S., Mathematics, 1984
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

Carpenter, J. & R.F. Whitelaw (2017)
The Development of China's Stock Market and Stakes for the Global Economy
Annual Review of Financial Economics, Vol. 9, pp. 233-257.

Chen, H, Singal, V. & R.F. Whitelaw (2016)
Comovement Revisited
Journal of Financial Economics,Vol.121, No. 3, pp. 624-644.

Boudoukh, J, M. Richardson & R.F. Whitelaw (2016)
New Evidence on the Forward Premium Puzzle
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 875-897.

Bali, T., N. Cakici, & R.F. Whitelaw (2011)
Maxing Out: Stocks as Lotteries and the Cross-Section of Expected Returns
Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 99, No. 2, pp. 427-446.

Boudoukh, J, M. Richardson & R.F. Whitelaw (2008)
The Myth of Long-Horizon Predictability
Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4, 1577-1605

Boudoukh, J, M. Richardson, Y. Shen & R.F. Whitelaw (2007)
Do Asset Prices Reflect Fundamentals? Freshly Squeezed Evidence from the FCOJ Market
Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 83, No. 2, pp. 397-412

Guo, H. & R.F. Whitelaw (2006)
Uncovering the Risk-Return Relation in the Stock Market
Journal of Finance, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 1433-1463

Limited Arbitrage and Short Sales Restrictions: Evidence from the Options Markets (2004)
Limited Arbitrage and Short Sales Restrictions: Evidence from the Options Markets
Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 74, No. 2, pp. 305-342

Areas of Expertise


  • Asset Management
  • Derivatives
  • High Frequency Trading
  • Risk Management
  • Stock Market