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Emanuele Colonnelli is an Associate Professor of Finance and MV Advisors Faculty Fellow at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at NBER, and a Research Affiliate at CEPR, BREAD, and J-PAL. He also leads the Finance and Entrepreneurship Theme at PEDL.

Colonnelli’s research focuses on the intersection between finance and development, with a special interest in the interactions between governments, firms, entrepreneurs, and investors. Other interests include a range of topics such as venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, corruption and public procurement, ESG and impact investing, and corporate bankruptcy. He is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, such as the AQR Top Finance Graduate Award. He has research and work experience in several emerging economies, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam and regularly conducts world-wide surveys and field experiments with firms and investors. His research has been published in various top academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. At Booth, he developed and teaches the first MBA class focused on venture capital and private equity in emerging markets.

Colonnelli holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, an MSc in Economics from Bocconi University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Siena, and he spent an academic year visiting Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Academic Areas

  • Finance

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