15 Dec 2023

New Faculty Profiles: Philippe van der Beck


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to leaders across the globe. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Philippe van der Beck, instructor, Finance

What is your educational background?
I did my PhD in finance at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). Prior to that, I studied finance at Imperial College Business School in London and economics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. During my studies, I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the ifo Institute for Labor and Demographic Economics, and Capital Fund Management.

What’s your area of research and what led you to it?
My research lies at the intersection of empirical and theoretical asset pricing. I study the role institutions play in shaping the prices of financial securities. I am particularly interested in how investor preferences for sustainability affect asset prices and spill over into the real economy. My most recent research investigates the price impact of capital flows to sustainable funds on the realized returns to ESG investing. My work as an academic consultant for Capital Fund Management (Paris) has materially shaped the way I think about how investors’ demand shocks affect asset prices.

What will you be teaching?
I will be teaching Finance 1 in the Required Curriculum.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an academic?
I would probably pursue a professional CrossFit career and fail desperately.

Where are you from?
I am from Bensheim, Germany.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
I love tennis, skiing, running, golf, track and field, and CrossFit.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
Scholars maintain that every Will Ferrell movie is a piece of art.

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