Faculty & Research

John C. Heaton

Joseph L. Gidwitz Professor of Finance; Deputy Dean for Faculty

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John C. Heaton studies asset pricing, portfolio allocation, and time-series economics. He first became drawn to this area because he was "intrigued by the idea of understanding economic phenomena both to guide policy and to help people make better decisions." His research in these areas has earned him numerous fellowships, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship from 1993 to 1995, a National Science Foundation Fellowship from 1993 to 1998, and a Provost Fund Fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1989 to 1992.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000, Heaton was the Nathan S. and Mary P. Sharp Distinguished Professor of Finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He also has held positions at MIT's Sloan School of Management and at the Hoover Institution. Heaton is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. The practical problems investors and institutions face are a key component of his teaching.

Originally from Canada, Heaton earned a bachelor's degree in commerce at the University of Windsor in 1982, a master's degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1984, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1989. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000. Outside of academia, Heaton enjoys music, skiing, and sailing.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
35100 Financial Instruments 2014 (Fall)
35905 Topics in Empirical Finance 2015 (Winter)

Other Interests

Skiing, sailing.


Research Activities

Asset pricing; portfolio allocation; time series econometrics.

With Deborah Lucas, "Evaluating the Effects of Incomplete Markets on Risk Sharing and Asset Pricing," Journal of Political Economy (June 1996).

With Deborah Lucas, "Market Frictions, Savings Behavior and Portfolio Choice," Macroeconomic Dynamics (1997).

With Deborah Lucas, "Portfolio Choice and Asset Prices; The Importance of Entrepreneurial Risk," Journal of Finance (2000).

With L. P. Hansen and N. Li, "Consumption Strikes Back? Measuring Long-Run Risk," Journal of Political Economy (April 2008).

For a listing of research publications please visit ’s university library listing page.