EFF/KRF: Our strategies for choosing papers are similar. Sometimes we don’t have a choice. If we agree to referee a paper or discuss it at a conference, we are certain to read it, and we read most of the papers our colleagues write.
David Booth, chairman and co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, has been working with Eugene Fama since the mid-1960s. David was a PhD student in Gene’s class and later asked Gene to become a board member when Dimensional got off the ground in 1981. Gene is the principal scholar whose groundbreaking work inspired the firm’s founding, continues to advise the firm on many of its strategies, and is also a frequent speaker at Dimensional conferences and seminars. In this video, they discuss Gene’s early influences, the history of modern finance, the longtime collaboration between Gene and Ken French, the philosophy underlying Dimensional’s approach to investing, financial advisors, the five-factor model, Gene’s Nobel prize, and more.
EFF/KRF: The short answer: usually almost nothing.
EFF/KRF: Unfortunately, daily returns don’t provide more information.
EFF/KRF: There is some confusion about the interpretation of the evidence in Fama and French (2014, “A Five-Factor Model of Expected Returns”) that HML is redundant for explaining average U.S. stock returns for 1963-2013.
KRF: Gene Fama has taught us a lot over the last 50 years. In this essay, I describe some of the things Gene has taught me about doing research, writing papers, and life in general.
EFF: My undergraduate alma mater, Tufts University, features my life and academic career in their Winter 2014 magazine.
EFF: In an interview for Nobel Media, Adam Smith and I spoke on many topics, including the pros and cons of having research debated in the public sphere and the unique research environment at Chicago. You can find the podcast here.
Eugene Fama and Ken French are members of the Board of Directors for and provide consulting services to Dimensional Fund Advisors LP.