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Antoinette Schoar is the Stewart C. Myers-Horn Family Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Germany. Her research interests span from entrepreneurial finance to fintech, consumer finance, and financial intermediation. She has received several awards including the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship and the Brattle Prize for best paper in The Journal of Finance

She is the co-chair of the NBER Corporate Finance group. She has served as an associate editor of The Journal of Finance, The American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

She also is the cofounder of ideas42, a non-profit organization that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems.

Current Research Focus: Schoar's current research focuses on the areas of consumer finance, entrepreneurial finance, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology as well as new financial technologies. Some of her ongoing projects investigate competition in credit card markets, applications of behavioral economics to consumer finance and cryptocurrency trading, governance of proof of stake and proof of work blockchains, and decentralized finance (DeFi). She is also the executive editor of the Journal of Finance, the cochair of the NBER Corporate Finance group, and a cofounder of ideas42, a non-profit that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems.


Antoinette Schoar has received the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship

NBER Corporate Finance program appoints Schoar as co-director

Professor Antoinette Schoar named one of the top 10 academics by aiCIO magazine


"Are Cryptos Different? Evidence from Retail Trading."

Kogan, Shimon, Igor Makarov, Marina Niessner, and Antoinette Schoar. Journal of Financial Economics. Forthcoming.

"The Effect of Managers on Systematic Risk."

​Schoar, Antoinette, Kelvin Yeung, and Luo Zuo. Management Science. Forthcoming. Accepted Manuscript.

"Household Portfolios and Retirement Saving over the Life Cycle."

Parker, Jonathan A., Antoinette Schoar, Allison Cole, and Duncan Simester (Conditionally Accepted at Journal of Finance), MIT Sloan Working Paper 6226-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, October 2023. Appendix.

"Retail Financial Innovation and Stock Market Dynamics: The Case of Target Date Funds."

Parker, Jonathan A., Antoinette Schoar, and Yang Sun. Journal of Finance Vol. 78, No. 5 (2023): 2673-2723. Harvard Law School Forum. Appendix.

"Anatomy of a Run: The Terra Luna Crash."

Liu, Jiageng, Igor Makarov, and Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6847-23. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, April 2023. NBER Working Paper No. 31160.

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