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Antoinette Schoar, Amir Sufi Codirecting Corporate Finance Program

Antoinette Schoar, the Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Amir Sufi, the Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, are the new codirectors of the NBER's Program on Corporate Finance.

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Schoar's research interests span household finance and consumer behavior, the financing of start-ups and entrepreneurial firms, and the role of financial markets in emerging market economies. She is a recipient of the Kauffman Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Between 2009 and the start of her new program director duties, she was the director of the NBER's Entrepreneurship Working Group. 

Schoar was also an associate editor of The Journal of Finance and the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and a co-founder of ideas42, a non-profit organization that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, in Germany. She has been an NBER affiliate since 2001.

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Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics, with a particular emphasis on links between credit markets and the real economy. He was awarded the 2017 Fischer Black Prize, given biennially to the top financial economics scholar under the age of 40 by the American Finance Association. He has taught at Chicago Booth since 2005. 

An undergraduate at Georgetown, Sufi earned his PhD in economics from MIT, where he was awarded the Robert M. Solow Endowment Prize for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic ReviewThe Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Sufi became an NBER affiliate in 2009 and is also an affiliate of the Economic Fluctuations and Growth and Monetary Economics Programs.

David Robinson Becomes Director of Entrepreneurship Working Group

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David Robinson, the new director of the Entrepreneurship Working Group, is the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Professor of International Management and a professor of finance at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. His research focuses on entrepreneurial corporate finance and household finance, in particular the economics of the private equity industry and the role of financial literacy in household decision-making.

Robinson received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He has been an NBER member since 2010, with affiliations in both the Corporate Finance and Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Programs.

Robinson has served as the coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp, a component of the NBER Summer Institute that brings together promising graduate students interested in economic research on entrepreneurship. He is also a visiting professor at the Swedish House of Finance in Stockholm, and an associate editor of The Journal of Finance.

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