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Joint Program in Financial Economics

The Joint Program in Financial Economics was established in 2006 and is run jointly by the Finance dissertation area at Chicago Booth and the Department of Economics in the Division of the Social Sciences.

The aim of this program is to exploit the strengths of both sponsors in training PhD students interested in financial economics. Core economics training is valuable for students seeking to do research in financial economics, and advances in financial economics have important spillovers to other areas of economics. Students must satisfy program requirements (PDF) for the PhD in both departments.

It has long been a tradition in the Department of Economics to feature core economics training for its PhD students, and Chicago Booth has a well-recognized excellence in finance. Students in the joint program benefit from broad sets of instructors and classmates in both the economics department and Chicago Booth. They also hold an official status and are able to utilize resources in both economics and Chicago Booth.

Upon completion of this program, students will be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics and Finance jointly from the Division of the Social Sciences and the Chicago Booth School of Business.

To learn more about applying to the Joint Program in Financial Economics, please review our admissions requirements.

For details on the specifics on the Joint Program in Financial Economics as a dissertation area, see General Examination Requirements - By Area in the PhD Program Guidebook (PDF).

To learn more about the research being done by current PhD students, please view a listing of proposals and defenses across dissertation areas.

For Joint Program in Financial Economics faculty, please access our faculty directory to sort by academic area.


Academic Employment (Listed by Year of Employment)


Serhiy Kozak 
Assistant Professor of Finance, Ross School of Business
University of Michigan

Brian Weller
Assistant Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University


Jaroslav Borovicka
Assistant Professor Department of Economics
New York University

Valentin Haddad
Assistant Professor of Economics
Princeton University


Alan Moreira
Assistant Professor of Finance
Yale School of Management

Nonacademic Employment (Listed by Year of Employment)


Yoshio Nozawa
Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Diogo Palhares
Research Associate
AQR Capital Management


Nina Boyarchenko
Economist Capital Markets Function
Federal Bank of New York

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