Nils H. Hakansson, PhD, CPA

Nils Hakansson

Title: Economist, Educator
Location: Walnut Creek, California, United States

Nils H. Hakansson, PhD, CPA, Economist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in financial economics.

With more than 40 years of professional excellence in the field of financial economics, Dr. Hakansson most recently served as a Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Finance and Accounting at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 2003. During this time, he also acted as chair of finance at the same academic institution from 1997 to 2000, having previously served in the same role from 1976 to 1979. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Hakansson rose through the ranks of success, having begun at the university as an associate professor in 1969 and full professor in 1971 before gaining the chair in which he retired from academia.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Hakansson served Yale University as an assistant professor in the late 1960s, simultaneously holding the position of assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He commenced his career as a staff accountant and consultant with Arthur Young & Company from 1960 to 1963. Alongside his career endeavors, he also served on the board of directors of Laudus Mutual Funds from 1990 to 2009 and of Bell Laboratories in 1974 and again from 1979 to 1981. Furthermore, Dr. Hakansson worked as a consultant with the Rand Corporation from 1965 to 1971 and as chair of the board of directors with Anna och Nils Hakanssons Stiftelse in Sweden.

A certified public accountant in the state of California, Dr. Hakansson prepared for his illustrious career by seeking a formal education, first obtaining a Bachelor of Science, with honors, from the University of Oregon in 1958. He subsequently earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, two years later. In 1966, he was the recipient of a Doctor of Philosophy from the same university. Dr. Hakansson received an honorary doctorate in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in 1984.

A respected leader in his realms of interest, Dr. Hakansson has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including as president of the Western Financial Association from 1983 to 1984 and former member of the Financial Economists Roundtable from 1993 to 2003. He currently remains associated with the American Economic Association, the American Financial Association, and the American Accounting Association. Dr. Hakansson was a founding member of the Society for Financial Studies, as well as an honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has been deemed a fellow of the Accounting Researchers International Association.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. Hakansson has been a prolific author and editor, penning “Social Security’s Investment Shortfall: $8 Trillion Plus – and The Way Forward – Plus How the US Government’s Financial Deficit Reporting = 64 Madoffs” in 2013 and serving as a consulting editor for the Journal of Accounting and Economics from 1978 to 1981. Alongside acting as an editorial consultant for Accounting Review, he has also contributed several articles to professional journals throughout his tenure.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Dr. Hakansson has been awarded several accolades. In 1976 and 1982, he received the Graham and Dodd Award from the Financial Analysts Federation. He has also been deemed a Hoover Fellow from the University of South Wales in 1975 and Ford Foundation Fellow from the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1963 to 1966. He has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Nursing, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.

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