Arna Olafsson

Arna Olafsson is Assistant Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School. Her main research interests lie within the fields of household finance, behavioral finance, public finance, and labor economics. In recent papers she has studied, e.g., the determinants of attention to financial accounts, the relationship between liquidity and spending, and how access to financial information affects individual decision-making and welfare, and the internal financial decision-making process of households and how the distribution of decision power within households influences the weight of spouses' preferences in financial decision making. Olafsson worked on the investigation of the collapse of the Icelandic banking system in 2008. She is a member of the Fiscal Council of Iceland.


Clemens Sialm

Clemens Sialm is Professor of Finance and Economics and the Director of the AIM Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Research Associate in the Asset Pricing and Public Economics programs of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and an Independent Contractor at AQR Capital Management. Sialm received an M.A. in economics from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he taught at Stanford University and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Sialm's research interests are in the areas of investments, retirement savings, and taxation. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Financial Analysts Journal among others. Sialm’s research has been frequently cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist. The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas honored him recently with a Research Excellence Award and with an MBA Teaching Excellence Award.


Hans Fehr
Hans Fehr is Professor of Economics at the University of Würzburg. He received his diploma in Economics in 1989, his PhD in 1992 from the University of Regensburg, and his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) from the University of Tuebingen in 1998. In 1993-94 he worked as a post-doc at Boston University and from 1994 to 1998 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Tuebingen. His main research interests are in the field of quantitative public economics. In the past he has analyzed the economic consequences of population aging and various tax policy and social security reforms by means of computable general equilibrium models with overlapping generations. His research is published in various journals including the European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, Review of Economic Dynamics, and the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.


Henrik Olejasz Larsen
Henrik Olejasz Larsen is Chief Investment Officer with the Danish pension fund Sampension. Before joining Sampension in 2007 Henrik Olejasz Larsen was Chief Risk Officer with the Danish pension fund ATP. From 2001 to 2005 he headed Structured Finance within Carnegie Bank, Denmark. From 1997 to 2001 he was head of Treasury with Danske Bank, from 1996 to 1997 CEO of JØP, the Danish Pension Fund for Lawyers and Economists, and before that for many years with the mortgage bank BRFkredit, from 1994 as head of Treasury and Funding. Olejasz Larsen holds an MA (econ) from the University of Copenhagen and after a brief academic career he has since 1987 been external lecturer in finance at the University of Copenhagen.



James Poterba

James Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT and the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit research organization with nearly 1500 affiliated economists. He has served as President of the Eastern Economic Association and the National Tax Association, as vice president of the American Economic Association, and as a director of the American Finance Association. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. Poterba's research focuses on how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms, particularly those involving saving and portfolio behavior. His recent research has analyzed the determinants of retirement saving, the draw-down of assets after households reach retirement, and the role of tax-deferred retirement saving programs such as 401(k) plans in contributing to retirement security. Poterba is a trustee of the College Retirement Equity Fund (CREF), the TIAA-CREF mutual funds, and of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He is a former editor of the Journal of Public Economics, the leading international journal for research on taxation and government spending, a co-author of The Role of Annuity Markets in Financing Retirement (2001).  Poterba served as a member of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform in 2005.  Poterba holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a D. Phil. in Economics from Oxford University.




Jan Parner

Jan Parner read actuarial science at University of Copenhagen and achieved a Ph.D. in biostatistics. From 2001 to 2008 he worked in different roles, lastly as chief actuary in the Scandinavian part of Royal Sun Alliance. He joined the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority in 2008 in the role as Deputy Director General and is responsible for supervision and regulation of the areas of insurance, pensions, financial reporting, and auditing. Parner has chaired the EIOPA Pilar II+III working group from 2009 to 2012 and is the Danish member of the Board of Supervisors of EIOPA. He has also been a member of the Management Board of EIOPA from January 2011 to December 2015 and served in other committees within EIOPA. From April 2016 he has been the chair of the EIPOA Insurance Policy Committee.



Jan V. Hansen
Jan V. Hansen is deputy chief executive at the Danish Insurance Association responsible for regulation, financial markets, and analysis. Previously he has worked at the Secretariat of the Economic Council (1992-2007), the Secretariat of the Welfare Commission (2004-2005), and the Ministry of Finance (1989-1991).



Jesper Rangvid
Jesper Rangvid is Professor of Finance and Director of the Pension Research Centre (PeRCent) at Copenhagen Business School. Rangvid earned his mater’s degree from the University of Copenhagen and his Ph.D. fra Copenhagen Business School. In his research, Rangvid studies asset return determination and forecastability, financial crises, financial institutions (in particular asset managers and banks), international finance, and household finance. Rangvid was chairman of the government-appointed committee that investigated the causes and consequences of the financial crisis in Denmark. Rangvid is a board member at The Medical Doctors’ Pension Fund, The Medical Doctors’ Pension Bank, and SKAGEN AS. Rangvid is an active participant in the Danish financial debate.



Lasse Heje Pedersen

Lasse Heje Pedersen is Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School and NYU Stern School of Business and a principal at AQR Capital Management. He has served as Director of the American Finance Association, in the Liquidity Working Group meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to address liquidity issues, in the New York Fed’s Monetary Policy Panel, in the Economic Advisory Boards of NASDAQ and FTSE, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Finance, Journal of Economic Theory, The Review of Asset Pricing Studies, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. His academic awards include the Bernácer Prize to the best EU economist under 40 years of age, the Banque de France-TSE Prize, the Fama-DFA Prize, and the Michael Brennan Award. Pedersen received his B.S. and M.S. from University of Copenhagen and his Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His latest book is Efficiently Inefficient: How Smart Money Invests and Market Prices Are Determined.




Niels Lynggård Hansen
Niels Lynggård Hansen is Director, Head of Economics and Monetary Policy at Danmarks Nationalbank. He joined Danmarks Nationalbank in 1994 and has since worked in different areas such as government debt management, economic modeling and analysis, statistics, forecasting, and monetary policy analysis. Over the years he has also taught several courses for the economics program of the University of Copenhagen on topics such as macroeconomics, growth theory, microeconomics, macroeconometric modeling and forecasting, and monetary economics. Lynggård Hansen graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and a master’s from Groupe de Recherche en Economie Quantitative et Econometrie (GREQE) at Université d’Aix-Marseille, before earning a PhD in economics from the University of Aarhus.



Niels Westergård-Nielsen
Niels Westergård-Nielsen is Professor at the Department for International Economics and Management and director of the Center for Owner-Managed Business at Copenhagen Business School. He has based most of his research on register data and surveys within labour economics, personnel economics and more recently linking job creation with the credit market.


Pedro Matos

Pedro Matos is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Academic Director of Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. His research focuses on international corporate governance and the growing importance of institutional investors in financial markets worldwide. His work has been published in leading academic journals (Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies) and has been featured also in the press, including in The Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune and Forbes. His work has received numerous research grants and awards.





Per Bremer Rasmussen
Per Bremer Rasmussen is Chief Executive Officer in the Danish Insurance Association, the trade association of non-life and life insurance companies and multi-employer pension funds in Denmark. He has held this position since 2005. Before that, Rasmussen was Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs. He has also held positions with Ministry for Economic Affairs, Danish Ministry of Finance, Statistics Denmark, and Den Danske Bank. Rasmussen has also been research fellow in Department of Economics at University of Copenhagen. He holds a M.Sc. (Economics) from University of Copenhagen and has been studying and doing research at the Department of Economics and Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at University of Pennsylvania. Rasmussen is Member of Strategic Board and Executive Committee in Insurance Europe, Member of Advisory Board – PeRCent and Member of Board at Concito.


Peter Løchte Jørgensen
Peter Løchte Jørgensen is Professor of Finance at the Department of Economics and Busines Economics at Aarhus University. He holds a master’s degree in mathematical economics (cand.scient.oecon.) from Aarhus University and a PhD degree in finance from Aarhus School of Business. His research and teaching interests are centered around applied aspects of asset pricing and financial risk management theories. A significant part of his research papers have been inspired by issues from the life and pension industry. Jørgensen has recently served on government committees on bank and mortgage credit institution regulation and he is a board member of a number of companies including pension funds DIP and JØP. He is also a member of PerCent’s Advisory Board.



Svend E. Hougaard Jensen
Svend E. Hougaard Jensen is Professor of Economics and Director of the Pension Research Centre (PeRCent) at Copenhagen Business School. He holds an MSc (Econ) degree (University of Aarhus, DK), an MA (Econ) degree (University of Manchester, UK) and a PhD (Econ) degree (London Business School, UK).  His research has focused on monetary unification and fiscal policy in Europe, generational and macroeconomic effects of changing demographics, pensions and social security, structural reforms and macroeconomic policy more generally. He has published widely on these issues in scholarly journals and books. Jensen has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and other government agencies.





Søren Fiig Jarner
Søren Fiig Jarner is Vice President for Quantitative Research at the Danish pension fund ATP and affiliated Professor in Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Copenhagen. As part of Quantitative Research, Jarner has played a pivotal role in the strategic development of ATP over the last decade. In particular, Jarner has contributed to the design and implementation of dynamic investment strategies, risk management and risk budgeting frameworks, liability hedging programmes, indexation policies, pension products, and mortality models. Much of the work is published in academic and industrial journals, presented at conferences, and taught at courses for the University of Copenhagen and for the Danish Society of Actuaries. A statistician by training, Jarner holds a PhD in Applied Probability from Lancaster University, England. Jarner joined ATP in 2002.

Søren Leth-Petersen
Søren Leth-Petersen is Professor of Economics at the University of Copenhagen where he does research on consumption, savings, and household finance, and in particular how savings behavior is related to house buying, the choice of mortgage, the development of house prices, and expectations to income. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Copenhagen.


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