Imperial College London


Business School

Professor of Financial Econometrics



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Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Paolo is Professor in Financial Econometrics at Imperial College Business School. He has a summa cum laude degree in economic statistics from Roma and holds a PhD  in Econometrics  from the London School of Economics. He is also  teaching at the University of Rome La Sapienza  and  has previously taught at the London School of Economics and at the University of Cambridge.

Paolo's main research interests are financial econometrics and econometric theory as well as risk management and asset allocation. His  publications include The Annals of Statistics, The Journal of Econometrics, The Journal of Time Series Analysis,  The Journal of Empirical Finance, The Journal of Monetary Economics and Econometric Theory.  His work includes:

  • asset pricing and portolio choice with misspecified models
  • estimation of generalized dynamic factor models
  • estimation and testing of risk premia
  • term structure 
  • multivariate volatility models
  • aggregation
  •  risk management

Paolo acts as quantitative consultant in asset and risk management and as instructor of executive courses for various financial institutions.

Paolo's curriculum vitae:  CV


Here are some recent working  papers grouped by topic:

  • Asset Pricing and Portfolio Choice

''Portfolio choice with misspecified models:  a foundation for Alpha and Beta Portfolios', joint with Raman Uppal.Uppal-Zaffaroni-Manuscript-2016-12-14

  • Term Structure

"Long memory affine term structure models" joint with A. Golinski, Journal of Econometrics, forthcoming.long memory affine term structure

  • Estimation and Testing of  Beta-Pricing Models

"Testing Beta-Pricing Models   Using  Large Cross-Sections " joint with C Robotti and V Raponi.rrz_4January2016

  •  Generalized Dynamic Factor Models

"Dynamic factor models with infinite-dimensional factor space: representation", joint with M. Forni, M. Hallin, M. Lippi, Journal of Econometrics, forthcoming.FHLZ_JoE

"Dynamic factor models with infinite dimensional factor space: asymptotic analysis", joint with M. Forni, M. Hallin, M. Lippi, third revision requested.FHLZ_estimation_13

"Asymptotic Theory for Spectral Density Estimates of General Multivariate Time Series" joint with WB Wu, Econometric Theory forthcoming.WZ_sde_Ja08Jan2017

"Generalized least squares estimation of panel with common shocks", with M. Avarucci,  PDF

Supplementary Material to "Generalized least squares estimation of panel with common shocks", PDF