Mathijs van Dijk is Professor of Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He held visiting positions at Ohio State University, Duke University, and UCLA. He studied at Erasmus University, Maastricht University, University of Warwick, and Princeton University. His research focuses on the functioning of international financial markets, with a particular emphasis on their efficiency and liquidity, and on the impact of financial systems on the economy and society at large. His March 2014 inaugural address as a finance professor was entitled “The Social Value of Finance.” He has published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Review of Finance. He has presented his work extensively at international conferences and seminars at academic institutions including, among others, Boston College, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, HEC Paris, INSEAD, and UCLA.