Faculty & Research

Lubos Pastor

Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow

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Lubos Pastor is Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At Chicago Booth, he also serves as co-director of the Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance and a member of the CRSP Indexes Advisory Council. Outside Chicago Booth, he is a member of the Bank Board of the National Bank of Slovakia, President-Elect of the Western Finance Association, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy and Research. In the world of academic publishing, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and Journal of Financial Economics, and a former Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies.

Professor Pastor’s research focuses mostly on financial markets and asset management. He has written on a broad range of topics such as liquidity risk, political uncertainty, stock price bubbles, stock volatility, return predictability, technological revolutions, portfolio choice, performance evaluation, returns to scale in active management, indexing, and IPOs. He has analyzed various effects of parameter uncertainty and learning in finance. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Financial Studies, as well as nonacademic outlets such as Bloomberg and the Financial Times. His research has been awarded numerous prizes, such as two Smith Breeden Prizes, two Fama/DFA Prizes, Whitebox Advisors Selected Research Prize, Goldman Sachs Asset Management Prize, Barclays Global Investors Prize, Rothschild Caesarea Center Best Paper Award, Jacobs Levy Center Best Paper Prize, two Geewax, Terker & Co. Prizes, Marshall Blume Prize, the NASDAQ Award, and the Q Group Award.

Professor Pastor has been teaching at Chicago Booth since 1999 when he obtained a Ph.D. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the McKinsey Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as two Faculty Excellence Awards at Chicago Booth.

In his student years, Professor Pastor won awards in chess and mathematics, mainly in his native Slovakia. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, reading, and spending time with his family.


2015 - 2016 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
35120 Portfolio Management 2016 (Spring)

Other Interests

Sports, chess, international affairs.


Research Activities

Asset pricing; asset management; liquidity risk; government policy; portfolio choice; stock price bubbles; stock volatility; return predictability; performance evaluation; technological innovation; IPOs; Bayesian analysis.

With Pietro Veronesi, "Uncertainty about government policy and stock prices," Journal of Finance (2012).

With Robert F. Stambaugh, "On the size of the active management industry," Journal of Political Economy (2012).

With Robert F. Stambaugh, "Are stocks really less volatile in the long run?," Journal of Finance (2012).

With Pietro Veronesi, "Technological revolutions and stock prices," American Economic Review (2009).

With Robert F. Stambaugh, "Liquidity risk and expected stock returns," Journal of Political Economy (2003).