Yuval Millo joined the School of Management in September 2012 as Professor of Social Studies of Finance and Accounting. He is a leading figure in the emergent field of Social Studies of Finance, a field which Juan Felipe Espinosa Cristia, a PhD Researcher at the School, interviewed him about very recently. Within this series of four recordings, we hear Yuval responding to four fundamental questions frequently asked about the field his name has become inseparable from.
Q1: What does SSF say about financial risk? How can it add to our understanding of such risks academically and/or to financial risk management?
Q2: The concepts of performativity and markets devices are among the cornerstones of SSF. Can you explain a little bit about them and how they are related to one another? Relatedly, can SSF offer insights about understanding the current financial and economic crisis?
Q3: SSF scholars have been using both elements from Actor-Network Theory and from social network analysis. What are the relations between the two approaches and why are they useful for the study of financial markets?
Q4. A group of SSF scholars has worked, as part of the Working Group on Responsible Innovation in Finance, on ideas about innovation in finance. What lessons can this work provide to students of finance and to practitioners in the area?