Professor John M. Griffin is currently the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Finance at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. He has also served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Yale University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Harvard Business School. His research focuses on understanding the role that conflicts of interest and misreporting played in the financial crisis. A main field is forensic finance, or understanding the role of anything that is potentially illegal, illicit or immoral in financial markets. His research has been extensively published and cited in the top finance journals and featured in over 600 media outlets including Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times. Recent areas of study include cryptocurrencies and market manipulation. His expertise is in structured finance, credit ratings, international finance, and institutional investments with topics of papers including: the financial crisis, manipulation, mortgage misreporting, credit ratings, insider trading, investment banking, crypto-currencies, corruption, trading behavior, and international finance.

Areas of Expertise and Research

Dr. Griffin is an expert in forensic finance, with particular past focus on structured finance with respect to mortgage backed securities (MBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDO). His expertise also includes international finance, institutional investment, cryptocurrencies, and forensic finance. Topics of these papers include:

  • Mortgage misreporting
  • Credit ratings
  • Insider trading
  • The role of reputation
  • Investment banking
  • IPOs
  • Hedge fund performance
  • Co-movement
  • Anomalies
  • Pricing models
  • International finance

Dr. Griffin’s recent research focuses on understanding the role that conflicts of interest and misreporting by credit rating agencies and investment banks played in the financial crisis.