Luigi Zingales’ research interests include corporate governance, financial development, political economy, and the economic effects of culture. He co-developed the Financial Trust Index, which is designed to monitor the level of trust Americans have in their financial system. In addition to holding his position at Chicago Booth, he is currently a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a fellow of the European Governance Institute.
His research earned him the 2003 Bernácer Prize for the best young European financial economist. His book Saving Capitalism from Capitalists, co-authored with Raghuram G. Rajan, has been acclaimed as “one of the most powerful defenses of the free market ever written.” Of his latest book, A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity, the Financial Times wrote, “Zingales’ fundamental diagnosis is right.”