Mark Taylor

Dean, Olin Business School, and Donald Danforth Jr. Distinguished Professor of Finance

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Mark P. Taylor, one of the most highly cited financial economists in the world, began his career as a foreign exchange trader in the city of London and also spent several years as an advisor at the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He also worked as a managing director at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he led the European arm of the Global Market Strategies Group, a large global macro investment fund.

Professor Taylor’s research on exchange rates and international financial markets has been published extensively in many of the world’s leading academic and practitioner journals. He is also the author or co-author of a number of books, including two of the leading European textbooks in economics and macroeconomics, co-authored with Professor Greg Mankiw of Harvard University. He has held professorships at Cass Business School, Oxford University, and Liverpool University, and was visiting professor of finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Taylor holds degrees from Oxford University (where he later taught), Birkbeck College, London University, London University’s Institute of Education, and Liverpool University. In 2012, the University of Warwick recognized him with an honorary doctorate for his lifetime contributions to the field of finance. Prior to joining Washington University, he was a professor of finance and served as dean from 2010 to 2016 at Warwick Business School. Taylor is a skilled horologist and has a collection of fine antique English clocks, all of which he has restored himself.

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Mark Taylor, dean, Olin Business School, and professor of finance


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