Christopher J. Palmer


Christopher J. Palmer


Christopher Palmer is the Albert and Jeanne Clear Career Development Professor and an Assistant 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. Currently, his work studies frictions in mortgage and auto-loan markets.

Palmer is also a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 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.


NBER appoints Palmer as a Faculty Research Fellow


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

Bergman, Peter, Raj Chetty, Stefanie DeLuca, Nathaniel Hendren, Lawrence F. Katz, and Christopher J. Palmer, MIT Sloan Working Paper 5821-19. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, August 2019. Non-technical summary. Slides. NY Times. City Lab. Vox. NPR. The Hill.

"Ending Rent Control Reduced Crime in Cambridge."

Autor, David H., Christopher J. Palmer, and Parag A. Pathak. AEA Papers and Proceedings Vol. 109, (2019): 381-384. AEA.

"Testing the Effectiveness of Consumer Financial Disclosure: Experimental Evidence from Savings Accounts."

Palmer, Christopher John, Paul Adams, Redis Zaliauskas, and Stefan Hunt, MIT Sloan Working Paper 5769-19. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, March 2019. MarketWatch. The Economist.

"How Quantitative Easing Works: Evidence on the Refinancing Channel."

Di Maggio, Marco, Amir Kermani, and Christopher John Palmer, Working Paper. 2017. VoxEU Column. Forbes. NBER Digest.

"The Capitalization of Consumer Financing into Durable Goods Prices."

Argyle, Bronson, Taylor Nadauld, Christopher Palmer, and Ryan Pratt, Working Paper. 2018. NBER Digest.

"Monthly Payment Targeting and the Demand for Maturity."

Argyle, Bronson, Christopher John Palmer, and Taylor Nadauld, Working Paper. 2017.

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New study: Gentrification triggered 16 percent drop in city crime

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