Patrick Bolton is the Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business and member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Contracts and Economic Organization at the Columbia Law School. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society (elected 1993) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2009). He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is a former director of the American Finance Association and council member of the European Economic Association.
His areas of interest are in Contract Theory, Corporate Finance, Banking, Sovereign Debt, Political Economy, and Law and Economics. He has written a leading graduate textbook on Contract Theory with Mathias Dewatripont, MIT Press (2005); edited The Economics of Contracts, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. (2008); and co-edited, Credit Markets for the Poor with Howard Rosenthal, Russell Sage Foundation (2005); and Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing, with Frederic Samama and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University Press (2011).