Robert F. Engle

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Robert F. Engle III
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Robert Engle, June 3, 2022
Born (1942-11-10) November 10, 1942 (age 80)
InstitutionNew York University, since 2000
University of California, San Diego, (1975–2003)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (1969–1975)
Alma materCornell University, (PhD 1969)
Williams College, (BS 1964)
Ta-Chung Liu[1]
Mark Watson
Tim Bollerslev
InfluencesDavid Hendry
AwardsNobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2003)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Robert Fry Engle III (born November 10, 1942) is an American economist and statistician. He won the 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, sharing the award with Clive Granger, "for methods of analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility (ARCH)".


Engle was born in Syracuse, New York into Quaker family[2] and went on to graduate from Williams College with a BS in physics. He earned an MS in physics and a PhD in economics, both from Cornell University in 1966 and 1969 respectively.[3] After completing his PhD, Engle became an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1969 to 1977.[4] He joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1975, wherefrom he retired in 2003. He now holds positions of Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at UCSD. He currently teaches at New York University, Stern School of Business where he is the Michael Armellino professor in Management of Financial Services. At New York University, Engle teaches for the Master of Science in Risk Management Program for Executives,[5] which is offered in partnership with the Amsterdam Institute of Finance.[6]

Engle's most important contribution was his path-breaking discovery of a method for analyzing unpredictable movements in financial market prices and interest rates. Accurate characterization and prediction of these volatile movements are essential for quantifying and effectively managing risk. For example, risk measurement plays a key role in pricing options and financial derivatives. Previous researchers had either assumed constant volatility or had used simple devices to approximate it. Engle developed new statistical models of volatility that captured the tendency of stock prices and other financial variables to move between high volatility and low volatility periods ("Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity: ARCH"). These statistical models have become essential tools of modern arbitrage pricing theory and practice.

Engle was the central founder and director of NYU-Stern's Volatility Institute which publishes weekly date on systemic risk across countries on its V-LAB site.[7]

More recently, Engle (and Eric Ghysels) co-founded the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE).

In 2022, he replaced Former secretary of state John Kerry as chairman[8] of the climate finance partners advisory board,[9][10] which is the non discretionary sub advisor to the KraneShares Global Carbon ETF or KRBN, one of the largest carbon allowance funds globally.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

  • Paternal Grandfather – Robert Fry Engle, Sr. (b. 1879 d. 1946)
  • Father – Robert Fry Engle, Jr. (b. 1910 d. 1981, DuPont chemist)
  • Mother – Mary Starr Engle ("Murry", French teacher, m. 1939)
  • Sister – Patricia Lee Engle ("Patty", twin, UNICEF official)
  • Sister – Sally Engle Merry (anthropologist, twin)
  • Wife – Marianne Eger Engle (psychologist, m. 10-Aug-1969, two children)
  • Daughter – Lindsey Engle Richland (psychologist)
  • Son – Jordan Engle (actor, b. May-1980)
  • Mother-in-law – Edith Eger (psychologist, b. 29-Sept-1927)

Selected works[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Engle, Robert F.; Liu, Ta-Chung (1972), "Effects of Aggregation Over Time on Dynamic Characteristics of An Econometric Model", in Hickman, Bert G. (ed.), Econometric Models of Cyclical Behavior (PDF), Conference on Research in Income and Wealth. Studies in income and wealth, vol. 2, NBER, p. 673.
  2. ^ Robert F. Engle III on Edit this at Wikidata, accessed 2 May 2020
  3. ^ Homepage at New York University
  4. ^ MIT Nobel laureates
  5. ^ "NYU Stern School of Business". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Amsterdam Institute of Finance - Financial Training". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  7. ^ The Volatility Institute at NYU-Stern School of Business site
  8. ^ Markay, Lachlan (2021-04-30). "John Kerry discloses millions in income from finance, energy firms". Axios. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  9. ^ "Nobel Laureate and Robert Engle on Climate Risks and Investor Implications". ETF Trends. 2022-06-14. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  10. ^ "Our Team — Climate Finance Partners (CLIFI)". Climate Finance Partners. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  11. ^ "KRBN ETF Update: Nobel-Prize Winning Economist, Robert Engle, Named Chairman of Climate Finance Partners Advisory Board as John Kerry Joins Biden Administration". Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  12. ^ "KRBN Quote - KraneShares Global Carbon Strategy ETF Fund". Retrieved 2022-06-23.

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Preceded by Laureate of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
Served alongside: Clive W.J. Granger
Succeeded by