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About Elisabeth Brooke Harrington

Who creates change in markets and other financial institutions? My research for the past 15 years has investigated this question in a variety of empirical domains.I am an economic and organizational sociologist by training, with an empirical focus on finance. My latest book for Harvard University Press concerns an elite occupational group within finance and its impact on international law and stratification. Previously, my research examined the effects of diversity and decision-making processes on the performance of investment groups. I'm interested in how things get done--what social actors actually do in their daily lives--and how that aggregates to the macro-level of financial markets, culture and political institutions. My work intersects with the literatures of political economy, anthropology, social psychology and behavioral finance.


Present Professor of Economic Sociology, Copenhagen Business School

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Economic Sociology, Stratification, Financial Markets, Professions, and Gender

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Honors and Awards

  • Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship: European University Institute
  • Research Fellowship: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
  • Wriston Teaching Fellowship: Brown University
  • Newman Best Paper Award: Academy of Management
  • OB Division Best Paper Award: Academy of Management


Book: Capital without Borders (9)

Articles on Wealth, Professions and Global Capital (9)

Articles on Financial Fraud (8)