Dimitris Papanikolau
Dimitris Papanikolaou

Associate Professor of Finance

Print Overview

Professor Papanikolaou joined the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management in 2007, after completing his Ph.D. in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests include theoretical and empirical asset pricing, macroeconomics and contract theory. Professor Papanikolaou is currently working on the effects of technological shocks on the cross-section of risk-premia and firms' investment decisions. Professor Papanikolaou is a Zell Center Faculty Fellow. Trained in finance and economics, he also holds a B.A. from University of Piraeus (Greece), and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (UK).

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Print Vita
PhD, 2007, Financial Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, 2001, Finance, Economics, London School of Economics
BA, 2000, Economics, Finance, University of Piraeus

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2007-present

Honors and Awards
Crowell Memorial Prize, Panagora Asset Management (second prize), Crowell Memorial Prize
Amundi Smith Breeden Prize, American Finance Association, 2014
Amundi Smith Breeden Prize, American Finance Association, 2013
Crowell Memorial Prize, Panagora Asset Management
Roger F. Murray Prize (second place), The Q Group, 2011

Editorial Positions
Associate Editor, Management Science, 2014-2016

Print Research
Research Interests
Asset pricing, macroeconomics

Papanikolaou, Dimitris and Leonid Kogan. 2010. Growth Opportunities and Technology Shocks. American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings. 100(2)
Papanikolaou, Dimitris. 2011. Investment Shocks and Asset Prices. Journal of Political Economy. 119(4): 639-685.
Papanikolaou, Dimitris and Leonid Kogan. 2012. Economic Activity of Firms and Asset Prices. Annual Review of Financial Economics. 4
Panousi, Vasia and Dimitris Papanikolaou. 2012. Investment, Idiocyncratic Risk, and Ownership. Journal of Finance. 67(3): 1113-1148.
Kogan, Leonid and Dimitris Papanikolaou. 2013. Firm Characteristics and Stock Returns: The Role of Investment-Specific Shocks. Review of Financial Studies. 26(11)
Eisfeldt, Andrea and Dimitris Papanikolaou. 2013. Organization Capital and the Cross-Section of Expected Returns. Journal of Finance. 68(4): 1365-1406.
Ang, Andrew, Dimitris Papanikolaou and Mark Westerfield. 2014. Portfolio Choice with Illiquid Assets. Management Science. 60(11)
Papanikolaou, Dimitris and Andrea Eisfeldt. 2014. The Value and Ownership of Intangible Capital. American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings. 104(5)
Kogan, Leonid and Dimitris Papanikolaou. 2014. Growth Opportunities, Technology Shocks and Asset Prices. Journal of Finance. 69(2)
Rebelo, Sergio, Martin S. Eichenbaum, Dimitris Papanikolaou and Rui Albuquerque. 2015. Long-run Bulls and Bears. Journal of Monetary Economics.
Kondo, Jiro E. and Dimitris Papanikolaou. 2015. Financial Relationship and the Limits to Arbitrage. Review of Finance. 19(6)
Kogan, Leonid, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Amit Seru and Noah Stoffman. Forthcoming. Technological Innovation, Resource Allocation and Growth. Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Fuchs, William, Brett Green and Dimitris Papanikolaou. Forthcoming. Adverse Selection, Slow Moving Capital and Misallocation. Journal of Financial Economics.
Papanikolaou, Dimitris and Carola Frydman. Forthcoming. In Search of Ideas: Technological Innovation and Executive Pay Inequality. Journal of Financial Economics.
Working Papers
Benmelech, EfraimCarola Frydman and Dimitris Papanikolaou. 2017. Financial Frictions and Employment During the Great Depression.
Kogan, Leonid, Dimitris Papanikolaou and Noah Stoffman. 2015. Winners and Losers: Creative Destruction and the Stock Market.
Papanikolaou, Dimitris and Jiro Kondo. 2015. Cooperation Cycles.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Investments (FINC-460-0)

This course aims at developing key concepts in investment theory from the perspective of a portfolio manager rather than an individual investor. The goal of this class is to provide students with a structure for thinking about investment theory and show how to address practical investment problems in a systematic manner. Instead of focusing on pure theoretical models, the emphasis is given on the empirical facts observed in asset prices in worldwide capital markets, understanding whether they manifest new dimension of systematic risk, and how to design smart portfolios to take advantage of multiple sources of systematic risk.

Topics Include:

- Capital allocation and optimal portfolio selection
- Diversification, risk, and various models linking risks with returns (such as: the CAPM, the Fama-French 3-Factor Model ("value" and "size" investing), "momentum investing" and the Carhart's 4-Factor Model, and Ross' multifactor APT to account for multiple sources of systematic risk)
- Risk-adjusted returns, measures of fund performance, and various trading strategies used by Hedge Funds
- Market efficiency (including empirical anomalies and behavioral finance)

Other Topics (Time Permitting):

- Impact of borrowing constraint and transaction costs and illiquidity
- Risk management issues (such as portfolio insurance)
- Bond valuation and the term structure of interest rates
- The Black-Scholes/Merton option pricing model

Students interested in this course are expected to have sound knowledge of Statistics and Regression Analysis. This is a quantitative course in which we discuss many cases, but case studies will require ability to do statistical analysis similar to what might be applied in practice. The course develops an applied analytical framework of financial investments.

Asset Pricing II (FINC-585-2)
This course cover recent developments in asset pricing theory, placing emphasis on the link between financial markets and the real economy. The topics covered include: models of portfolio choice, general equilibrium models of risk and return, and models with financial frictions.

Investments (KELLG_FE-312-0)

Research (FINC-590-0)
Independent investigation of selected problems pertaining to thesis or dissertation. May be repeated for credit.