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IMD Executive Education


IMD Executive Education
Professor of Economics
  • D. Phil. (Mathematics) Oxford, England
  • Research Areas: International & Development Economics, International Finance, Financial Economics, Corporate Governance

## Introduction

Prof. Leslie Young holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science from Victoria University of Wellington and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from University of Oxford. He completed his doctorate at age 20 and won a Senior Mathematics Prize for the best dissertation of his year. He received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington in 2004 and an Honorary Doctorate from the Estonian School of Business in 2009.

Prof. Young’s current research interests include international financial economics, political economy and international corporate governance. His book Black Hole Tariffs and Endogenous Redistribution Theory was published by the Cambridge University Press with commendations by two Nobel Prize winners and by the Chairman of the Nobel Committee. He has also authored over 40 academic articles in leading international professional journals. Prof. Young also served an unprecedented four terms on the editorial board of the American Economic Review, the leading scholarly journal in economics.


  • Commonwealth Scholar, 1969-1971. (Also six other scholarships in New Zealand national competitions).
  • Oxford University Senior Mathematics Prize (For the best doctoral dissertation in mathematics in 1971. The dissertation was completed at age twenty.)
  • Junior Research Fellowship, Oxford University, 1971.
  • P.W.S. Andrews Prize in Industrial Economics, 1979 (For the best article submitted to the Journal of Industrial Economics by an author under 30 that year.)
  • Award for Research Excellence, Graduate School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, 1986.
  • Honorary Doctor of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington, 2004.
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