Bengt Robert Holmström is the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also was head of the Economics Department from 2003-2006. He holds a joint appointment with MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society and the American Finance Association, and an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the executive committee for the Center of Economic Policy Research. In 2011, he served as President of the Econometric Society.
He received his doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1978. He has served as an associate professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1979-82) and as the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Management at Yale University’s School of Management (1983-94).
Holmström is a microeconomic theorist, best known for his research on the theory of contracting and incentives especially as applied to the theory of the firm, to corporate governance and to liquidity problems in financial crises.
He holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. Most recently he was awarded the 2012 Banque de France-TSE Senior Prize in Monetary Economics and Finance, the 2013 Stephen A. Ross Prize in Financial Economics and the 2013 Chicago Mercantile Exchange – MSRI Prize for Innovative Quantitative Applications.
He is a member of several academic and scientific advisory boards, including the board of the Aalto University Foundation in Finland. He is a former member of the board of the Nokia Corporation.