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Antoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
An expert in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and organizational economics, Schoar researches venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate diversification, governance, and capital budgeting decisions in firms. She has received the Fellowship of the George Stigler Center, 1997–1999, and the ERP Doctoral Scholarship of the German Ministry of Trade, 1995–1997.
Schoar holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne, Germany, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
Current Research Focus: Schoar's current research focuses on the areas of household finance, entrepreneurial finance, and finance in emerging markets. Some of her ongoing projects investigate whether the market for financial advice corrects or aggravates investor biases, how competition in credit card markets impacts financing contracts, the role of housing and other forms of collateral for firm and job creation, and applications of behavioral economics to small-business lending. She is also a co-founder of ideas42, a non-profit that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems.
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