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Spotlight on Research

Chicago Booth Review publishes research-driven insights on business, policy, and markets. This Chicago Booth publication regularly features the work of our PhD students.

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Short-Term Rewards Don’t Sap Long-Term Motivation

Research conducted by University of Buffalo’s Indranil Goswami for his Chicago Booth PhD dissertation—in collaboration with Booth’s Oleg Urminsky—investigates whether being temporarily paid to do something changes your long-term motivation.

Leverage Our Research Centers

For some PhD students, their journey leads them to one or more of our world-renowned research centers. Many offer financial support for PhD student research. A great deal of faculty research is conducted under the auspices of our research centers, which in turn are a draw for recruiting top faculty to our research community.

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The Chookaszian Accounting Research Center

The Chookaszian Accounting Research Center coordinates accounting research at Booth and hosts research brown bags and workshops. It also publishes the Journal of Accounting Research, one of the top accounting research journals in the world.

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Becker Friedman Institute for Economics

Bringing together researchers from the entire Chicago economics community, the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics fosters novel insights on the world’s most difficult economic problems.

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Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence

This center supports researchers from across Booth and UChicago in making revolutionary advances in the applications of AI. Their work touches fields as diverse as finance, health care, public policy, education, and behavioral science.

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Center for Decision Research

Positioned at the forefront of the rapidly developing field of behavioral science, CDR is devoted to building a richer understanding of human behavior and experience.

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Center for Research in Security Prices, LLC

An affiliate of Chicago Booth, CRSP, LLC is the leading provider of historical stock market data for researchers. The center has long been an integral part of the academic and commercial world of financial and economic research.

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Healthcare Initiative

The Healthcare Initiative serves as a center of gravity for the diverse disciplines that engage in healthcare research at Booth and across the university.

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Initiative on Global Markets

IGM organizes Booth faculty efforts to influence public policy and the practice of business around the world. By hosting expert panels, visiting thought leaders, and conferences, IGM raises the impact of Booth research.

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James M. Kilts Center for Marketing

The Kilts Center for Marketing advances marketing at Booth by facilitating faculty research, supporting innovation in Booth’s marketing curriculum, funding scholarships, and creating engaging programs.

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Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

As Booth’s social impact hub, the center offers hands-on learning opportunities, supports innovative courses, and pursues research—all with the goal of developing people and practices with the potential to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Other Resources for Booth PhD Students 

Computer Support

Booth has an information technology team dedicated to ensuring that PhD students have the support they need to conduct research. One of these resources is Booth’s Mercury Computing Cluster, a high-performance computing environment for the exclusive use of Booth researchers. Learn more about the Mercury Computing Cluster.

The Pichler Initiative

A gift from Joseph Pichler, MBA ’63, PhD ’66, and Susan Pichler in 2007 established the Pichler Initiative on Professional Development. Led by professor Harry L. Davis, the initiative helps support activities that promote professional development for students in the PhD Program, including helping PhD students develop stronger writing, presentation, and job-market skills. With more than 30 programs each year, the Pichler Initiative supports the PhD Program’s collaborative community by helping to develop cohort-based and cross-cohort programs, fostering peer support at all levels of the PhD Program.

Not quite ready to apply to the PhD Program?

Explore predoctoral opportunities on the Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) website. PREDOC is a consortium of universities and research institutions that aims to foster a talented, diverse, and inclusive population in the quantitative social sciences.