Top Finance Graduate Award 2014

Center for Financial Frictions (FRIC) and the Department of Finance at Copenhagen Business School are proud to host the Top Finance Graduate Award 2014 on June 4, 2014.


This award recognizes the most promising finance PhD graduates in 2014. Specifically, the award recognizes the graduates specializing in financial economics pursuing degrees in any field of study, e.g. business or economics, whose dissertation and broader research potential carry the greatest promise of making an impact on the finance practice and academia.

The winners will receive a cash prize of a total of 10.000 USD sponsored by AQR and present their research in Copenhagen on June 4, 2014. 

The event starts in the morning, includes a lunch, and ends in the afternoon.

Award Selection Committee:

  • Nicholas Barberis, Yale University, School of Management
  • Patrick Bolton, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business and Department of Economics
  • John Campbell, Harvard University, Department of Economics
  • Darrell Duffie, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
  • Toby Moskowitz, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  • Lasse H. Pedersen (chair), Copenhagen Business School and New York University

Please note, the Award Selection Committee conducts an independent search for candidates so candidates cannot apply for this award.

If you would like to participate in this event and see the best research by the new crop of graduates, please sign up on this website.


Winners of the Top Finance Graduate Award 2014
We are happy to announce the winners of the Top Finance Graduate Award 2014:


Maryam Farboodi, PhD from Booth School of Business and Department of Economics, University of Chicago

“Intermediation and Voluntary Exposure to Counterparty Risk”


Michael Weber, PhD from Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley

“Nominal Rigidities and Asset Pricing”

Victoria Vanasco, PhD from University of California, Berkeley

“Information Acquisition vs. Liquidity in Financial Markets”

François Geerolf
, PhD from Sciences Po Paris

“A Theory of Power Law Distributions for the Returns to Capital and of the Credit Spread Puzzle”

Boris Vallee
, PhD from HEC Paris 

“What Drives Financial Complexity? A Look into the Retail Market for Structured Products“

Eduardo Dávila
, PhD from Harvard University

“Optimal Financial Transaction Taxes”

Deadline for registration is May 26, 2014 and the event is free of charge.

Please note that we have a limited number of seats available for this event, so in the event that you will not be able to come, please cancel your registration as soon as possible by emailing Ida Willumsen: 

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