Chicago Booth named No. 1 in business school 'influential thinkers'

Bertrand, Leuz, Rajan, Shapiro, Vishny, Zingales make Thomson Reuters list of thought leaders

Six University of Chicago Booth School of Business faculty members were named to Thomson Reuters' list of most influential thinkers, making Chicago Booth No. 1 in business school thought leaders worldwide.

Marianne Bertrand, Christian Leuz, Raghuram Rajan, Jesse Shapiro, Robert Vishny and Luigi Zingales all were listed on The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 under Economics and Business. Also making the list were James Heckman and John List of the University of Chicago Economics Department.

Thomson Reuters compiled the list to answer, "Who are some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time?" The agency uses 11 years of citation data to find those whose published research had the greatest impact in their field.

Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, focuses on labor economics, corporate finance and development economics, and has written prominent papers on race and gender discrimination. Bertrand has been published in American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and more. She is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor, and has been at Booth since 2000.

Christian Leuz, Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting, researches role of corporate disclosures, accounting transparency and disclosure regulation in capital markets, corporate governance and corporate financing, and recently won the 2014 Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award. He is co-director of the Initiative on Global Markets, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a fellow at Wharton's Financial Institution Center, Goethe Universität Frankfurt's Center for Financial Studies and the CESifo Research Network. Leuz has started teaching at Booth in 2008.

Raghuram Rajan, Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and currently serving as the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, focuses on banking, corporate finance and economic development, especially as it pertains to finance. He has been recognized for his predictive insights in 2005 on what would become the Great Recession in 2008, and wrote "Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy," for which he was awarded the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010. He served as chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2006, and started at Booth in 1991.

Jesse Shapiro, Chookaszian Family Professor of Economics, researches industrial organization and political economy, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an editor of the Journal of Political Economy, and was the first Becker Fellow at the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. His paper, "Do Pharmacists Buy Bayer? Informed Shoppers and the Brand Premium," co-written with Matthew Gentzkow and J.P. Dubé of Chicago Booth, and his research on newspapers have been well-received. In 2011-12, he was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and he has been at Booth since 2007.

Robert Vishny, Myron S. Scholes Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, researches behavioral and institutional finance, as well as corporate governance, and privatization and the role of government in the economy. He is a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been teaching at Booth since 1985. He has written two books, "Privatizing Russia" and "The Grabbing Hand," and recent papers include "Banks as Patient Fixed-Income Investors" and "Finance and the Preservation of Wealth."

Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, researches corporate governance, political economy and the economic effects of culture, and he co-created the Financial Trust Index, which monitors the level of trust that Americans have in the financial sector. He is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a fellow of the European Governance Institute. He wrote "Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists: Unleashing the Power of Financial Markets to Create Wealth and Spread Opportunity" with Rajan, and has been teaching at Booth since 1992. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, as well as Italy's Parliament.