Keynote Speaker Bios


Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University

Andrei Shleifer is John L. Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT. Before coming to Harvard in 1991, he has taught at Princeton and the Chicago Business School. Shleifer has worked in the areas of comparative corporate governance, law and finance, behavioral finance, as well as institutional economics. He has published seven books, including The Grabbing Hand (with Robert Vishny), Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance, and A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility (with Nicola Gennaioli), as well as over a hundred articles. Shleifer is an Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Finance Association. In 1999, Shleifer won the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association.  According to RePEc, Shleifer is the most cited economist in the world.



Speaker Bios


Bo Becker, Stockholm School of Economics

Bo Becker is the Cevian Capital Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. The department of finance is housed in the Swedish House of Finance. Professor Becker's research is on corporate finance, especially corporate credit markets. Recent topics include corporate bank lending through the business cycle, conflicts of interest in credit ratings industry, the covenant structure of loans and bonds, and comparing out-of-court restructuring to bankruptcy. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies and other journals. Professor Becker has been awarded several prizes and grants, including the Standard Life Prize for best paper in the ECGI Finance WP series, the Nordea Price for Best Corporate Finance Paper at the European Finance Association's annual meeting and the Lamfalussy Research Fellowship from the European Central Bank.

Professor Becker holds a masters degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He previously worked at the University of Illinois and at Harvard Business School. Professor Becker has served as an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science and Financial Management, is a Research Fellow of Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a Research Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). He has served on the board of directors of the Swedish National Debt Office, as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and as an expert for the inquiry into possible Swedish membership of the EU Banking Union. He serves as a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board as well as on several non-for profit and corporate boards, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.


Ian Dew-Becker, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Ian Dew-Becker is on the faculty at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. His current work focuses on time-varying risk over the business cycle, both in the context of financial markets and the real economy. 



Wenxin Du, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Wenxin Du is an associate professor of finance and Fama Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research. She studies global currency and fixed income markets, financial regulations, and emerging market finance. She was named the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow 2019-2021. In addition, she has won several top academic awards for her research, including the Amundi Pioneer First Prize and AQR Insight Award Top Prize for her work on deviations from covered interest rate parity. Du’s findings have been featured in BloombergFinancial TimesThe Economist, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been published in leading academic journals. She also serves as an associate editor at the Journal of International Economics.

Prior to joining Booth, Du held the position of Principal Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she was responsible for monitoring and analyzing developments in international financial markets for the FOMC. She was also a central bank research fellow at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. During her doctoral studies, she interned at the International Monetary Fund.

She earned an A.M. and a Ph.D. both in Economics from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College with Highest Honors.


Terrence Hendershott, University of California, Berkeley

Terrence Hendershott currently is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance as a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include information technology’s impact and role in financial markets, the structure and regulation of financial markets, and the interaction among trading, liquidity, and asset prices. His writing has appeared in national newspapers and magazines and his academic work has been published in numerous scholarly journals. He has consulted for various financial markets, regulators, and investment firms.



Discussant Bios



Jens Dick-Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School

Jens Dick-Nielsen is Associate Professor of Finance at Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School, and Center for Financial Frictions (FRIC). He is a member of the Danish Finance Institute.He holds a PhD in Finance from Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School. He has been a visiting Ph.D. scholar at NYU Stern School of Business. Main research areas are credit risk and liquidity risk where his work has appeared in Review of Financial StudiesJournal of Financial Economics and other finance journals. His work on corporate bond transaction data has been used as the foundation for the WRDS research dataset called 'WRDS Bond Returns'.

Niels Joachim Gormsen, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Niels Joachim Gormsen is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Finance and Asness Junior Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His main area of research is financial economics with a particular focus on the behavior of stock prices. He is the recipient of the AQR Top Finance Graduate award in 2018. His research has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial economics, and it has been covered in a variety of media outlets such as Financial Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. Gormsen earned a PhD in financial economics, an MSc in advanced economics and finance, and a BSc in international business all from Copenhagen Business School. Outside of academia, Gormsen enjoys sailing. In 2011, he won the Youth World Championship in the Olympic 49er dinghy.


Christian Heyerdahl Larsen, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
Burton Hollifield, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business


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