LBS faculty elected to British Academy

Professors Julian Franks and Jean-Pierre Benoît among 84 new Fellows recognised for outstanding achievement in social sciences and humanities

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The British Academy (BA) has elected London Business School (LBS) Professors Jean-Pierre Benoît and Julian Franks to its fellowship for 2021.

The BA is the UK’s national academy for the social sciences and humanities. To be elected as a Fellow, individuals must have ‘attained distinction’ in any branch of these fields.

Jean-Pierre Benoît is Professor of Economics at LBS and Chair of the School’s Economics Faculty. He was recognised by the BA for his well-known research on game theory, economic theory, apparent behavioural biases, industrial organisation, law and economics, voting theory, affirmative action, social choice, and the problem of prevention. His work has been published in leading economics, political science and law journals.

Julian Franks is Professor of Finance and Alexander M. Knaster Chair at LBS. He was elected to the BA for his extensive research on the impacts of ownership on corporate governance and company performance, and comparative work on legal resolutions of financial distress. His research focuses on bankruptcy and financial distress, corporate ownership and control, cost of capital and regulation.

Both academics said they were honoured to be elected Fellows of the British Academy.