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Elroy Dimson

Research Director (Finance)
Chairman of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM)

BA (Newcastle University), MCom (Birmingham University), PhD (University of London), Hon FIA (Institute of Actuaries), Hon FSIP (CFA Institute)

Research interests

Investment management; financial market history; endowment asset management; sustainable and responsible investing.

Subject group: Finance

Professional experience

Elroy Dimson chairs the Centre for Endowment Asset Management at Cambridge Judge Business School, and is Emeritus Professor of Finance at London Business School. He chairs the Policy Board and the Academic Advisory Board of FTSE Russell and is an Advisory Council member for Financial Analysts Journal. He is a member of the Financial Economists Roundtable and of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is a Fellow or Honorary Fellow of CFA UK, the Institute of Actuaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Risk Institute at Ohio State University, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Professor Dimson's books include Triumph of the Optimists and the Global Investment Returns Yearbook (with Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton), Endowment Asset Management (with Shanta Acharya), and Financial Market History (with David Chambers). Recent publications are on active ownership (Review of Financial Studies), real assets (Journal of Financial Economics), financial history (Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis), endowment strategy (Financial Analysts Journal), long-horizon investing (five book chapters), with case studies on manager selection and on stocks for the long run (both Harvard Business School). His PhD is from London Business School.

Previous appointments

Elroy Dimson has been an Emeritus Professor at London Business School since 2009. Prior to 2009, he served LBS as Professor of Finance, Faculty Governor, Chair of the Finance Area, Chair of the Accounting Area, Dean of MBA Programmes, and Director of the Initiative on Foundation and Endowment Asset Management. He has held visiting positions at Chicago, Berkeley, the Bank of England, and other institutions, as well as a variety of board positions.

Awards & honours

  • Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Article Award for "Factor-based investing: the long-term evidence" (with Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton), 2018
  • Best Research Paper, International Centre for Pension Management, Toronto, 2018
  • The University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award, 2017
  • Savvy Investor Best Investment Paper for Financial Market History, 2017
  • Savvy Investor Best Asset Allocation Paper for Global Investment Returns Yearbook, 2017
  • The Sandra Dawson Research Impact Award, Cambridge Judge Business School, 2017
  • FIR-PRI Award for Best Published Paper on Sustainability, 2016
  • Graham and Dodd Best Perspectives Award, Financial Analysts Journal, 2015
  • AIM Visiting Scholar, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
  • aCIO Top 10 Most Influential Academics in Institutional Investing, 2013
  • Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Article Award for "The Norway Model" (with David Chambers and Antti Ilmanen), 2013
  • Best Paper Award from AAWE for "The price of wine" (with Christophe Spaenjers), 2013
  • Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in 2012-13 for "Active ownership" (with Oguzhan Karakas and Xi Li), 2013

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Elroy Dimson's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2020) Global investment returns yearbook 2020. Zurich: Credit Suisse Research Institute.

Dimson, E. and Spaenjers, C. (2011) "Ex post: the investment performance of collectible stamps." Journal of Financial Economics, 100(2): 443-458 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2010.12.005)

Chambers, D. and Dimson, E. (2009) "IPO underpricing over the very long run." Journal of Finance, 64(3): 1407-1443 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2009.01468.x)

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2008) "The worldwide equity risk premium: a smaller puzzle." In: Mehra, R. (ed.) Handbook of the equity risk premium. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Acharya, S. and Dimson, E. (2007) Endowment asset management. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2002) Triumph of the optimists. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Journal articles

Chambers, D. and Dimson, E. (2009) "IPO underpricing over the very long run." Journal of Finance, 64(3): 1407-1443 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2009.01468.x)

Dimson, E. and Spaenjers, C. (2011) "Ex post: the investment performance of collectible stamps." Journal of Financial Economics, 100(2): 443-458 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2010.12.005)

Chambers D. and Dimson E. (2013) "Retrospectives: John Maynard Keynes, investment innovator." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(3): 213-228 (DOI: 10.1257/jep.27.3.213)

Dimson, E. and Spaenjers, C. (2014) "Investing in emotional assets." Financial Analysts Journal, 70(2): 20-25 (DOI: 10.2469/faj.v70.n2.8)

Chambers, D. and Dimson, E. (2015) "The British origins of the US endowment model." Financial Analysts Journal, 71(2): 10-14 (DOI: 10.2469/faj.v71.n2.7) (available online via the SSRN)

Chambers, D., Dimson, E. and Foo, J. (2015) "Keynes the stock market investor: a quantitative analysis." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 50(4): 843-868 (DOI: 10.1017/S0022109015000186) (available online via the SSRN)

Dimson, E., Rousseau, P.L. and Spaenjers, C. (2015) "The price of wine." Journal of Financial Economics, 118(2): 431-449 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2015.08.005) (available online via the SSRN)

Dimson, E., Karakaş, O. and Li, X. (2015) "Active ownership." Review of Financial Studies, 28(12): 3225-3268 (DOI: 10.1093/rfs/hhv044)

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2017) "Factor-based investing: the long-term evidence." Journal of Portfolio Management, 43(5): 15–37 (DOI: 10.3905/jpm.2017.43.5.015)

Atta-Darkua, V., Chambers, D., Dimson, E., Ran, Z. and Yu, T. (2020) "Strategies for responsible investing: emerging academic evidence." Journal of Portfolio Management (DOI: 10.3905/jpm.2020.46.3.026) (published online Jan 2020)

Chambers, D., Dimson, E. and Quigley, E. (2020) "To divest or to engage? A case study of investor responses to climate activism." The Journal of Investing, 29(2): 10-20 (DOI: 10.3905/joi.2020.1.114)

Chambers, D., Dimson, E. and Spaenjers, C. (2020) "Art as an asset: evidence from Keynes the collector." Review of Asset Pricing Studies (DOI: 10.1093/rapstu/raaa001) (published online Jan 2020)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2002) Triumph of the optimists. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Acharya, S. and Dimson, E. (2007) Endowment asset management. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chambers, D. and Dimson, E. (eds.) (2016) Financial market history: reflections on the past for investors today. London: CFA Institute Research Foundation.

Chambers, D., Dimson, E., Segal, A.I. and Steiner, E. (2016) "The role of real estate: the case of Christ Church College." Harvard Business School: 9-216-086.

Chambers, D., Dimson, E., Viceira, L.M. and Corsi, E. (2016) "Models of endowment management: King's College, Cambridge." Harvard Business School: 9-216-023.

Viceira, L.M., Chambers, D. and Dimson, E. (2016) "Clare College: seeking investment opportunity in a financial crisis." Harvard Business School: 9-216-015.

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2017) Switzerland: a financial market history. Zurich: Credit Suisse Research Institute. (Available online)

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2020) Global investment returns yearbook 2020. Zurich: Credit Suisse Research Institute.

Evans, S., Marsh, P. and Dimson, E. (2019) Numis Smaller Companies Index: 2019 annual review. London: Numis Securities.

Dimson, E. and Marsh, P. (eds.) (2019) Risk measurement service. London: London Business School.

Book chapters

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2008) "The worldwide equity risk premium: a smaller puzzle." In: Mehra, R. (ed.) Handbook of the equity risk premium. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Dimson, E. and Spaenjers, C. (2014) "The investment performance of art and other collectibles." In: Dempster, A.M. (ed.) Risk and uncertainty in the art world. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, pp.219-238

Chambers, D., Dimson, E. and Foo, J. (2015) "Keynes, King's and endowment asset management." In: Brown, J.R. and Hoxby, C.M. (eds.) How the financial crisis and great recession affected higher education: National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, pp.127-150

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2016) "Long-term asset returns." In: Chambers, D. and Dimson, E. (eds.) Financial market history: reflections on the past for investors today. Charlottesville, VA: CFA Institute Research Foundation, pp.2-26

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2017) "Five factors that influence investment returns." In: Parker, C. (ed.) Harriman's new book of investing rules. Petersfield: Harriman House, pp.215–220

Atta-Darkua, V. and Dimson, E. (2018) "Diversifisering på tvers av industrisektorer [Sector exclusion]." In: Thøgersen, Ø. (ed.) Energiaksjer i Statens pensjonsfond utland [Energy shares in the Government Pension Fund Global]. Oslo: Norwegian Ministry of Finance, pp.117–134 (Available online)

Dimson, E., Marsh, P. and Staunton, M. (2018) "The evolution of equity markets." In: Faber, M. and Remsburg, J. (eds.) The best investment writing: selected writing from leading investors and authors: vol.2. Petersfield: Harriman House, pp.5-12

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Contact details

Elroy Dimson
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

e.dimson@jbs.cam.ac.uk