Winners Top Finance Graduate Award 2014

Boris Vallée, PhD from HEC Paris 

Boris Vallée is a PhD Candidate from HEC Paris. His research agenda focuses on the motives and effects of innovative financial products. His interests cover household finance, empirical corporate finance and financial institutions. He visited Duke University and Northwestern University as part of his PhD. His research has been selected for the Western Finance Association annual meetings in 2012 and 2014, and he was a finalist for the Best Finance PhD Award in Honor of Professor Stuart I. Greenbaum (10th Annual Corporate Finance Conference). Prior to his PhD, Boris worked at Deutsche Bank in London, in Leveraged Finance and Structured Derivatives, and received a MSc in Finance from HEC Paris. Next year, Boris Vallée will be joining Harvard Business School.
Job market paper: What Drives Financial Complexity? A Look into the Retail Market for Structured Products

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

Maryam Farboodi is a PhD Candidate in Financial Economics at the University of Chicago. Her main research interests are theoretical banking, financial macroeconomics and mechanism design. Her job market paper "Intermediation and Voluntary Exposure to Counterparty risk" focuses on network formation among financial institutions and the implications for the overall topology of the financial system as well as systemic risk.  She has also done some work in mechanism design for online auctions, "Optimal Revenue Maximizing Mechanisms in Common-Value Position Auctions",  corporate finance, "Financing and Control Rights: Entrepreneurial Choice of Funding Source", and macroeconomics with financial frictions, "Supply Side Frictions and Lengthy Recoveries". Before coming to Chicago, Maryam received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and her M.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland. She is originally from Tehran, Iran.

Job Market Paper: Intermediation and Voluntary Exposure to Counterparty Risk

Eduardo Dávila, PhD from Harvard University
Eduardo Dávila is a PhD candidate in Economics at Harvard University. He has recently studied the optimal determination of transaction taxes, the optimal design of bankruptcy policies and the effects of bank size on financial fragility. He is from Spain, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University. Next year, Eduardo Dávila will be joining New York University Stern School of Business.
Job market paper: Optimal Financial Transaction Taxes

Victoria Vanasco, PhD from University of California, Berkeley

Victoria Vanasco will receive her PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in May 2014. Her research is at the intersection of corporate finance and macroeconomics, with a focus on the role of informational asymmetries and belief heterogeneity in financial markets and the real economy.  She is from Argentina, where she did her undergraduate studies in Economics and a Masters in Finance at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Prior to attending Berkeley, she spent two years as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank, where she was part of the Finance Group for Latin America. Next year, Victoria Vanasco will be joining the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Job market paper: Information Acquisition vs. Liquidity in Financial Markets

François Geerolf, PhD from Sciences Po Paris

François Geerolf conducts research on financial bubbles and their effects on the business cycle, the savings glut and capital accumulation, and the determinants of capital inflows and competitiveness. He holds an Engineering Degree from Ecole Polytechnique, as well as from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, a MSc. from Paris School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Sciences Po Paris. He spent a year at Harvard University during his doctoral studies, and a semester at MIT as a Visiting Scholar. Next year, François Geerolf will be joining the Department of Economics at UCLA as an Assistant Professor.
Job market paper: A Theory of Power Law Distributions for the Returns to Capital and of the Credit Spread Puzzle

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

Michael Weber's research lies at the intersection of Macroeconomics and Finance. In recent work he has studied the effects of nominal rigidities on stock returns, the costs of sticky prices, the term structure of equity returns, and the effect of distrust in financial institutions on stock market participation. His paper ''Conditional Risk Premia in Currency Markets and other Asset Classes'' has been awarded the 2013 AQR Insight Award. Prior to attending grad school at Berkeley, Michael received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany. Next year, Michael Weber will be joining the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Job market paper: Nominal Rigidities and Asset Pricing




Winners Top Finance Award 2013

Jean-Noël Barrot, PhD from HEC Paris School of Management
Jean-Noël Barrot conducts research in corporate finance, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial finance. In recent work, he has studied the effect of venture capital fund managers horizon on their investment decisions,  the effect of trade credit on competition and entrepreneurship, and the behavior of individual investors during the recent financial crisis. His work has been awarded the Coller Prize in Private Equity Research 2012. Barrot holds an M.A. in quantitative economics and finance from Ecole Polytechnique, an M.Phil. in economics from Paris School of Economics and a Ph.D. in financial economics from HEC Paris School of Management. Next year, Jean-Noël Barrot will be joining MIT Sloan School of Management.
Job market paper: Financial Strength and Trade Credit Provision: Evidence from Trucking Firms

Gabriel Chodorow-Reich, PhD from University of California, Berkeley 
Gabriel Chodorow-Reich will receive his Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2013.  His research focuses on corporate finance and macroeconomics.  His paper "Does State Fiscal Relief During Recessions Increase Employment? Evidence from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" recently received the AEJ: Economic Policy Best Paper Prize for 2012.  Gabriel has worked as an economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and prior to graduate study as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution.  He received his A.B. from Harvard in 2005. Next year, Gabriel Chodorow-Reich will be joining Harvard University.

Job Market Paper: The Employment Effects of Credit Market Disruptions: Firm-level Evidence from the 2008-09 Financial Crisis

Timothy J. McQuade , PhD from Harvard University 
Timothy McQuade is a PhD candidate at Harvard University.  He conducts research in the areas of asset pricing and housing economics.  In recognition of his graduate work, he has been invited to participate in The Review of Economic Studies 2013 May Meetings.  Prior to attending Harvard, Timothy worked at UBS Investment Bank and received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Michigan. Next year, Timothy McQuade will be joining Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Job Market Paper: Stochastic Volatility and Asset Pricing Puzzles

Marina Niessner, PhD from University of Chicago 
Marina Niessner studies topics in empirical corporate finance and behavioral finance. She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago. She worked at the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory for two years before earning a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. Next year, Marina Niessner will be joining Yale School of Management.

Job Market Paper: Strategic Disclosure Timing and Insider Trading

Felipe Varas, PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business
Felipe Varas is finishing his PhD in finance at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His areas of research are corporate finance, dynamic contracts and dynamic games. He is from Chile and, before doing his PhD, Felipe did his undergraduate and Master's degree in economics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Next year, Felipe Varas will be joining Duke Fuqua School of Business.

Job Market Paper: Contracting Timely Delivery with Hard to Verify Quality




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