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​PhD in Finance

Olin’s PhD program in Finance emphasizes rigorous analytical training and prepares students to pursue careers in research and teaching at leading academic institutions across the globe. Our students have a strong quantitative background, most typically undergraduate training in economics, mathematics, engineering, or any other quantitative discipline.

Our research-active faculty members are easily accessible to students. Collaboration is encouraged early in the program, with faculty/student joint research resulting in faculty/student co-authored papers published in important journals. Much of the research is based on economic models to address problems such as the allocation of capital and risk and rewards in the economy. Empirical work widely uses the tools of econometrics, the application of statistics to economics.

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Finance Faculty and Research

Research in finance is mostly based on economic models, which are used to address problems such as the allocation of capital, risk, and rewards in the economy. Empirical work also widely uses the tools of econometrics - the application of statistics to economics. Mathematical tools are extremely important in finance, helping to solve sophisticated models that reflect, as closely as possible, the important features of the market.

Because financial research is analytical, we look for a strong quantitative background in potential applicants, as evidenced by an undergraduate training in economics, mathematics, engineering, or any other quantitative discipline as well as GMAT/GRE scores.

The faculty members in the finance group at the Olin Business School are active and renowned researchers dedicated to advancing the understanding of financial economics. Faculty research interests encompass many areas of finance, including both empirical and theoretical topics. Some areas of current interest are banking and financial intermediation, corporate finance, corporate control and capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, asset pricing models, investments and portfolio allocation models, and market microstructure.

Research papers by faculty members have recently been published in well-respected journals such as:

  • American Economic Review
  • Journal of Finance
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Journal of Financial Intermediation