Christopher J. Palmer


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Christopher Palmer is the Albert and Jeanne Clear Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches corporate finance. His research focuses on how credit, real estate, and labor markets respond to periods of significant upheaval.

Palmer is also a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an Affiliate with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He previously taught real estate finance at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and was a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Prior to graduate school, he consulted with Compass-Lexecon.

Palmer holds a BA in economics and mathematics from Brigham Young University and a PhD in economics from MIT.

Current Research Focus: Palmer's research focuses on how credit and real-estate markets respond to periods of significant upheaval. His current research projects evaluate policies designed to increase consumer attention to financial disclosures, improve retirement savings, reform the personal bankruptcy system, and improve federal housing vouchers.


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NBER appoints Palmer as a Faculty Research Fellow

Palmer wins SFS Best Paper Award


"Creating Moves to Opportunity: Experimental Evidence on Barriers to Neighborhood Choice."

Bergman, Peter, Raj Chetty, Stefanie DeLuca, Nathaniel Hendren, Lawrence F. Katz, and Christopher John Palmer (NBER Working Paper No. 26164). American Economic Review. Forthcoming. Non-technical Summary. Slides. AEA RCT Registry. The Hill Op Ed. Econimatevideo. NY Times. City Lab. Vox. NPR.

"How Do Consumers Finance Increased Retirement Savings?"

Choukhmane, Taha and Christopher John Palmer, Working Paper. November 2023.

"Explaining Racial Disparities in Personal Bankruptcy Outcomes."

Argyle, Bronson, Sasha Indarte, Benjamin Iverson, and Christopher John Palmer, Working Paper. October 2023. Race Imputation Code Readme. Race Imputation Code. Slides. Knowledge at Wharton.

"Real Effects of Search Frictions in Consumer Credit Markets."

Argyle, Bronson, Christopher John Palmer, and Taylor Nadauld. The Review of Financial Studies Vol. 36, No. 7 (2023): 2685-2720. Link to Journal. The Conversation. Econimate Video. WSJ. Slides. Data and Code. NYU PhD Video. MarketWatch.

"Implicit Extrapolation and the Beliefs Channel of Investment Demand."

Liu, Haoyang and Christopher John Palmer (NBER Working Paper #28926, Revise and resubmit, Journal of Financial Economics), Working Paper. June 2023.

"The Last Mile of Monetary Policy: Inattention, Reminders, and the Refinancing Channel."

Byrne, Shane, Kenneth Devine, Michael King,Yvonne McCarthy, and Christopher John Palmer (NBER Working Paper #31043, Revise and resubmit, Journal of Finance), Working Paper. March 2023. Slides.

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