Can finance research help to solve social problems?

27 May 2021

Academic research sometimes seems like an intellectual pursuit disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life. However, insights from economics, finance, and behavioral science have important implications to help individuals with many of the key economic decisions they make throughout their lives, such as buying a house, saving for retirement, or taking on personal debt. How can we accelerate the transition from academic research to real world applications outside the ivory tower? The talk will provide examples of how research can be applied and scaled up through financial innovations and smarter regulations. This lecture might be especially interesting for those who feel the appeal of an academic career but also want to have an impact on our society.

Antoinette Shoar
Antoinette Shoar | Lecturer
Antoinette Schoar Stuart K. Myers-Horn family professor of finance and entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is co-chair of the corporate finance group at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and the American Economic Journal in Applied Economics. The professor's current research focuses on the analysis of the venture capital industry, financing of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in developing countries, as well as the impact of various corporate governance practices on the performance of companies. Her work is cited in publications such as The Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Anna Obizhaeva
Moscow Exchange Full Professor of Finance