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Dimensional has forged deep working relationships with some of the world's leading financial economists to bring their latest theories and research to practice. Though bound to a rigorous process, we also have experience knowing what works with investors.

Financial research leads the way in understanding risk and return in securities markets. By maintaining a continuous feedback loop between the academic community, practitioners, and clients, Dimensional is always researching tomorrow's solutions today.

The Feedback Loop
the feedback loop
  • Academic leaders in the field of asset pricing find new sources of risk and return.

  • Dimensional engineers strategies and brings client feedback to these financial economists and researchers for further testing and enhancements.

  • Empirical research becomes more relevant to practical investing, and practical investing is backed by solid theory and economic knowledge.

This is a continuous process to which we commit substantial resources, bringing increasing relevance and new opportunities to the practical application of research. Increased understanding continually benefits Dimensional investors.

Academic Leaders
ProfessorAffiliationExpertise
George M. Constantinides,
University of Chicago
Board Member of Dimensional's US Mutual Funds Asset Pricing, Capital Markets Research
Eugene F. Fama,
University of Chicago
Board Member of Dimensional Fund Advisors, Consultant for Dimensional's Fixed Income and Value Strategies Efficient Markets Hypothesis, Random Walk Hypothesis, Capital Markets Research, Multifactor Model, Definitive Finance Text, Tax Research
Kenneth R. French,
Dartmouth College
Board Member of Dimensional Fund Advisors, Consultant and Director of Investment Policy Capital Markets Research, Multifactor Model, Tax Research
John P. Gould,
University of Chicago
Board Member of Dimensional's US Mutual Funds Applied Price Theory, Former Dean of University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Roger G. Ibbotson,
Yale University
Board Member of Dimensional's US Mutual Funds Capital Markets Research, Comprehensive "SBBI" Database (with Sinquefield), Data Consultant Firm
Edward P. Lazear,
Stanford University
Board Member of Dimensional's US Mutual Funds Labor and personnel economics
Robert C. Merton,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Resident Scientist, Dimensional Holdings, Inc. Optimal Lifetime Consumption and Portfolio Allocation Theory, Asset Pricing Theory, Valuation of Derivative Securities
Myron S. Scholes,
Stanford University
Board Member of Dimensional's US Mutual Funds Capital Markets Research, Options Pricing Model
Abbie J. Smith,
University of Chicago
Board Member of Dimensional's US Mutual Funds Capital Markets Research, Financial Accounting Information, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Governance
Sunil Wahal,
Arizona State University
Consultant Capital Markets Research, Transaction Costs Research, and Trading and Portfolio Management Practices