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|Born||March 6, 1956|
|Institution||University of Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||University of East Anglia
Nuffield College, Oxford
Franklin Allen (born March 6, 1956) is the Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is most active in the research areas of financial innovations, asset price bubbles, the comparison of financial systems, and financial crises.
Allen was Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School from 1980 to 1990, when he became Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Doctoral Programs and Professor of Finance and Economics. In 1994 he was assigned to the chair of Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics as professor. Additionally, he took the position of co-director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He has also visited diverse universities and research centers in the context of visiting professorships, academic fellowships and scientific advisory such as the University of Tokyo (1993), the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität of Francfort (2001, 2006), the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad (2005), the Stockholm School of Economics and Gothenburg University in Sweden (2006).
He is a past president of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association and the Society for Financial Studies, as well as a scientific adviser at the Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden. He is the editor of the European Finance Association's flagship journal, the Review of Finance. Besides, he acts as Advisor to Fair Observer, an online magazine covering global issues from a plurality of perspectives, on issues concerning finance or economics, but also on future strategy and editorial policy.
Together with Stewart Myers and Richard Brealey, he is the author of Principles of Corporate Finance. The work is a widely prescribed, standard textbook for undergraduate students in corporate finance, and also addresses the needs of practicing financial managers.