Merton H. Miller

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Merton H. Miller

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Merton H. Miller
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1990

Born: 16 May 1923, Boston, MA, USA

Died: 3 June 2000, Chicago, IL, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Prize motivation: “for their pioneering work in the theory of financial economics”

Prize share: 1/3

Life

Merton Miller was born in Boston, MA, USA. During WWII, Miller worked as an economist in the Division of Tax Research at the US Treasury Department. In 1949, he started studying at John Hopkins University, earning his Ph.D. in 1952. Miller joined the University of Chicago in 1961. His first wife died in 1969, leaving Miller and their three daughters. He later remarried.

Work

Merton Miller collaborated with his colleague Franco Modigliani (Economic Sciences Prize 1985) on the paper The Cost of Capital, Corporate Finance and the Theory of Investment. The Modigliani-Miller theorem explains the relationship between a company’s capital asset structure and dividend policy and its market value and cost of capital. The theorem demonstrates that how a manufacturing company funds its activities is less important than the profitability of those activities.

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