Patrick Bolton
Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business


Patrick Bolton is a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and serves as co-director of the Center for Contracts and Economic Organization at Columbia Law School. The president-elect of the American Finance Association, Professor Bolton is also a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Professor Bolton’s areas of interest are contract theory, corporate finance, banking, sovereign debt, political economy, and law and economics. He is the coauthor of a leading graduate textbook, Contract Theory (with Mathias Dewatripont, MIT Press, 2005), and the editor of The Economics of Contracts (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008). He is the coeditor of Credit Markets for the Poor (with Howard Rosenthal, Russell Sage Foundation, 2005) and Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing (with Frederic Samama and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University Press, 2011).