Winners of the AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS 2017

 

 

 

Moritz Lenel, Stanford University

Moritz Lenel’s research interests are in macroeconomics and finance. He is expected to receive a PhD in Economics from Stanford University in June. He will then spend a year as a research fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. In the summer of 2018, he will join the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University.

His recent work studies how quantities of safe bonds affect interest rates and asset prices, a question that is relevant for understanding the transmission of unconventional monetary policy. In other projects, he analyzes the effects of housing policies on the homeownership rate and the interaction of corporate bank and bond financing. Lenel holds a degree in economics from Universität Konstanz and a master’s degree in international trade, finance, and development from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In 2014, Lenel was awarded the Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship in Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences and a research fellowship from the Becker Friedman Institute's Macro Financial Modeling project. He received the 2016/17 Kohlhagen Fellowship endowed by Steve and Gale Kohlhagen through a grant to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. This May, he was a speaker on the Review of Economic Studies Tour.

 

Safe Assets, Collateralized Lending and Monetary Policy

 

 

Emily Williams, London Business School

Emily Williams is a PhD candidate in finance at London Business School. Her research focuses on financial intermediation, empirical corporate finance and monetary policy. Her primary interest is in understanding bank funding structure, financing frictions and the impact of bank financing frictions on the real economy. Emily studied for a Masters of Mathematics at Warwick University, and subsequently worked in the finance industry in various roles before completing her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. After completion of her PhD requirements at London Business School this summer, Emily will join Harvard Business School as an Assistant Professor in the Finance unit.

 

Monetary Policy Transmission and the Funding Structure of Banks

 

 

Alexander K. Zentefis, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Alexander K. Zentefis is a PhD candidate in finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research interests are in macro-finance, financial intermediation, asset pricing, and industrial organization. Before attending graduate school, he was a senior research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Washington University in St. Louis. This summer, Alexander will join Yale School of Management.

 

Bank Net Worth and Frustrated Monetary Policy


 

 

Simona Abis, INSEAD

Simona Abis is a PhD candidate in Finance at INSEAD soon to join Columbia Business School as Assistant Professor. Before joining the PhD program, Simona worked as a quantitative researcher for a systematic hedge fund. Simona holds a M.Sc. in Quantitative Finance from Cass Business School and a B.Sc. in Economics from Bocconi University. Her research interest spans the fields of information economics, empirical and theoretical asset pricing, financial econometrics, microeconomics, Bayesian learning, machine learning, mutual funds, hedge funds and Fintech. Overall Simona is interested in the impact of technology on financial markets. Her current research focuses particularly on the impact of technological change on investment management through the rise of quantitative investment.

 

Man vs. Machine: Quantitative and Discretionary Equity Management


 

 

Pascal Noel, Harvard University

Pascal is a PhD Candidate in Economics at Harvard University. His main research interests are in household finance, real estate, macroeconomics, and public finance.  Pascal received a Bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University and a Master's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to his PhD, he worked as a policy advisor for housing markets and financial regulation at the White House National Economic Council. Next year, Pascal will be joining the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

 

The Effect of Debt on Default and Consumption: Evidence from Housing Policy in the Great Recession



 

Jessica Jeffers, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Jessica is a PhD candidate in Finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Her primary area of research is empirical corporate finance, and her interests include human capital, investment decisions, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. She is a 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow and a winner of LinkedIn's 2015 Economic Graph Challenge. 

Jessica holds a B.A. in Economics & Mathematics from Yale University. Prior to studying at Wharton, she worked in management consulting for the financial industry. She is joining the finance faculty at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

 

The Impact of Restricting Labor Mobility on Corporate Investment and Entrepreneurship



 

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