David S. Scharfstein

Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking

David S. Scharfstein is the Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking at Harvard Business School. His current research focuses on financial services and financial regulation. He teaches a MBA course on managing financial firms and a Ph.D. course on corporate finance and banking. 

Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 2003, Scharfstein was for 16 years on the finance faculty of MIT's Sloan School of Management, most recently as the Dai Ichi Kangyo Professor of Management.  He has been Editor of the Rand Journal of Economics, Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies, and Director of the American Finance Association. 

Scharfstein is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the New York Fed’s Financial Advisory Roundtable. He is also a member of the Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation, a nonpartisan, nonaffiliated group of fifteen leading economists that offers guidance on financial regulatory reform. During 2009-10 Scharfstein served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and on the staff of the National Economic Council. 

Scharfstein has a Ph.D in Economics from MIT (1986) and an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University (1982).