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Stefan Mittnik

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Nationality  German

Name  Stefan Mittnik
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Born  November 29, 1954 (age 61) (1954-11-29) Steinbach, Hesse
Institution  Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU Munich) Center for Financial Studies
Field  Econometrics Financial economics Macroeconometrics
Alma mater  Technical University Berlin (Dipl. Ing.) University of Sussex (M.A.) Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D.)
Influences  Edward Greenberg Benoit Mandelbrot Laurence H. Meyer Hyman P. Minsky
Contributions  Financial modeling Macroeconometrics
Education  University of Sussex, Washington University in St. Louis

Stefan Mittnik (born November 29, 1954) is a German economist, currently holds the Chair of Financial Econometrics at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. He is a fellow of the Center for Financial Studies and known for his work on financial market and financial risk modeling as well as macroeconometrics. He is also a co-founder of the German-British robo-advisor Scalable Capital.



Stefan Mittnik received a degree in business and engineering in 1981 from the Technical University Berlin in Germany. He continued his studies in the UK, earning an MA in development economics at the University of Sussex, and the U.S., earning his Ph.D. in economics and applied mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1987.

After his graduate studies, Mittnik taught at Stony Brook University (1987-1994) and the University of Kiel in Germany (1994-2003). Since 2003 he is Professor of Financial Econometrics at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU Munich) in Germany where he currently also heads the Center for Quantitative Risk Analysis (CEQURA).

Mittnik was research director at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Fulbright Program Distinguished Scholar for German Studies at the Department of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, Theodor Heuss Professor at The New School in New York, member of the Economics Review Board (Fachkollegium) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation), member of the scientific advisory board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, and served on the editorial boards at a number of scientific journals. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung listed him among the most influential German economists.


Mittnik's main research contributions have been in econometrics, time series analysis, finance, and risk management. Influenced by Benoit Mandelbrot, who was the first to criticize financial economists for relying on the normal distribution and ignoring fat tails in asset returns, he has developed methods for more realistic financial risk modeling, portfolio optimization and option pricing.

Selected publications

  • Mittnik, Stefan and Svetlozar T. Rachev (1993). "Modeling Asset Returns with Alternative Stable Distributions". Econometric Reviews. 12: 261–330. doi:10.1080/07474939308800266. 
  • Mittnik, Stefan & Peter A. Zadrozny (1993). "Asymptotic Distributions of Impulse Responses, Step Responses, and Variance Decompositions of Estimated Linear Dynamic Models". Econometrica. 61: 857–870. doi:10.2307/2951765. 
  • Mittnik, Stefan & Phillip A. Braun (1993). "Misspecifications in Vector Autoregressions and Their Effects on Structural Impulse Responses and Variance Decompositions". Journal of Econometrics. 59: 319–341. 
  • Rachev, Svetlozar T. & Stefan Mittnik. (2000). Stable Paretian Modeling in Finance. Chichester: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-95314-2. 
  • Mittnik, Stefan, Marc S. Paolella and Svetlozar T. Rachev (2002). "Stationarity of Stable Power–GARCH Processes". Journal of Econometrics. 106: 97–107. doi:10.1016/s0304-4076(01)00089-6. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mittnik, Stefan & Thorsten Neumann (2003). "Time Series Evidence on the Non-Linearity Hypothesis for Public Spending". Economic Inquiry. 41: 531–554. 
  • Haas, Markus, Stefan Mittnik and Marc S. Paolella (2004). "A New Approach to Markov-Switching GARCH Models". Journal of Financial Econometrics. 2: 493–530. doi:10.1093/jjfinec/nbh020. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Kuester, Keith, Stefan Mittnik and Marc S. Paolella (2006). "Value-at-Risk Prediction: A Comparison of Alternative Strategies". Journal of Financial Econometrics. 4: 53–89. doi:10.1093/jjfinec/nbj002. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Doganoglu, Toker, Christoph Hartz and Stefan Mittnik (2007). "Portfolio Optimization When Risk Factors Are Conditionally Varying and Heavy Tailed". Computational Economics. 29: 333–354. doi:10.1007/s10614-006-9071-1. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mittnik, Stefan, Nikolay Robinzonov and Martin Spindler (2015). "Stock Market Volatility: Identifying Major Drivers and the Nature of Their Impact". Journal of Banking and Finance. 58: 1–14. doi:10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.04.003. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Kim, Young Shin, Jaesung Lee, Stefan Mittnik, Jiho Park (2015). "Quanto Option Pricing in the Presence of Fat Tails and Asymmetric Dependence". Journal of Econometrics. 187: 512–520. doi:10.1016/j.jeconom.2015.02.035. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • References

    Stefan Mittnik Wikipedia