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Colin Mayer

Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Professorial Fellow in Management Studies

BA, Engineering Science and Economics (First Class),
BPhil, Economics
DPhil, Economics (all University of Oxford)

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Professorial Fellow, Colin Mayer researches in the fields of corporate finance, governance, regulation and taxation.

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Colin has worked on international comparisons of financial systems and corporate governance and their effects on the financing and control of corporations. He teaches courses on Mergers and Acquisitions, the Nature of the Corporation and Responsible Business for the MBA and Masters in Financial Economics.

Colin is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and was the first professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994. Colin was the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre between 1998 and 2005, and the Peter Moores Dean of the Said Business School between 2006 and 2011. He has served on the editorial boards of leading academic journals and assisted in establishing prestigious networks of economics, law and finance academics in Europe at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute.  He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the Solvay Business School, Université de Bruxelles, and has had visiting positions at Columbia, MIT and Stanford universities.

Colin is an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the European Corporate Governance Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts.  He is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business education and the administration of justice in the economic sphere.

Colin Mayer was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and assisted in building the company into what is now one of the largest independent economics consultancies in Europe.  He is a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd.  He has consulted for numerous large corporations and for governments, regulators and international agencies around the world, and he leads the British Academy enquiry into the Future of the Corporation. 

Selected publications

2013. C. Mayer, Firm Commitment: Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust in It. Oxford: Oxford University Press

2014 J. Franks, C. Mayer & H. Miyajima. “The ownership of Japanese corporations in the 20th century”. Review of Financial Studies, 27, 2580-2625

2016 J. Armour & D. Awrey, P. Davies, J. Gordon, C. Mayer & J. Payne. Principles of Financial Regulation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

2016. C. Mayer “Reinventing the corporation”. Journal of the British Academy, 4, 53-72

2017. C. Mayer “Finance, wealth, technological innovation and regulation”. In National Wealth: What is Missing, Why it Matters. (K. Hamilton and C. Hepburn eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2017 J. Armour, C. Mayer & A. Polo. “Regulatory sanctions and reputational damage in financial markets”. Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming

2017. C. Mayer “Who’s responsible for irresponsible business?” Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 33, 157-175

2018 C. Mayer, S. Micossi, M. Onado, M. Pagano & A. Polo. Finance and Investment: The Case of Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming

2018 J. Franks & C. Mayer. “Evolution of ownership and control around the world: The changing face of capitalism”.  In Handbook of Corporate Governance. (B. Hermalin and M. Weisbach eds), Amsterdam: Elsevier

2018 C. Mayer. Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good. Oxford University Press: Oxford.


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