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Camelia M. Kuhnen is a professor of finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an NBER research associate affiliated with the Asset Pricing Program, and an associate editor at The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, and The Review of Corporate Finance Studies. She is a past president of the Society for Neuroeconomics.

Kuhnen's research spans neuroeconomics, household finance, and empirical corporate finance, with an emphasis on labor and personnel issues. She has BS degrees in finance and in neuroscience from MIT and a PhD in finance from Stanford University. Prior to joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was an associate professor of finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.


1. "The Neural Basis of Financial Risk-Taking," Kuhnen C, Knutson B. Neuron, 47(5), September 2005, pp. 763–770. Go to ⤴︎
2. "Asymmetric Learning from Financial Information," Kuhnen C. Journal of Finance, 70(5), October 2015, pp. 2029–2062. Go to ⤴︎
3.  "Cumulative Stress in Childhood Is Associated with Blunted Reward-Related Brain Activity in Adulthood," Hanson J, Albert D, Iselin A, Carré J, Dodge K, Hariri A. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(3), March 2016, pp. 405–412. Go to ⤴︎
4. "Socioeconomic Status and Learning from Financial Information," Kuhnen C, Miu A. NBER Working Paper 21214, May 2015, and Journal of Financial Economics 124(2), May 2017, pp. 349–372.  Go to ⤴︎
5. "Socioeconomic Status and Macro­economic Expectations," Das S, Kuhnen C, Nagel S. NBER Working Paper 24045, November 2017, and forthcoming in Review of Financial StudiesGo to ⤴︎
7. "Expectations Uncertainty and Household Economic Behavior," Fermand E, Kuhnen C, Li G, Ben-David I. NBER Working Paper 25336, December 2018. Go to ⤴︎
8. "Affective State and Locus of Control Modulate the Neural Response to Threat," Harnett N, Wheelock M, Wood K, Ladnier J, Mrug S, Knight D. Neuroimage 121, November 2015, pp. 217–226.  Go to ⤴︎
9. "Non-Cognitive Abilities and Financial Delinquency: The Role of Self-Efficacy in Avoiding Financial Distress," Kuhnen C, Melzer B. NBER Working Paper 23028, January 2017, and Journal of Finance, 73(6), December 2018, pp. 2837–2869.  Go to ⤴︎

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