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The Macro Finance Research Program (MFR) expands our understanding of how financial markets affect the economy as a whole and, conversely, how the macroeconomy influences financial markets. It does so by bringing together a community of elite scholars with common ambitions to tackle these important challenges. The program operates under the auspices of the Becker Friedman Institute with generous funding support from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.




Financial Research Program)



For general program inquiries, please contact Diana Petrova, MFR Program Executive Director, at dpetrova@uchicago.edu. Through sponsored research projects, conferences, and interactions with visiting scholars, this program focuses on these fundamental questions:


The MFR Program Advisory Committee oversees the research agenda of the program. Members of the committee are prominent experts in macroeconomics and finance with particular interests in exploring linkages between these fields:


We would like to thank project associate Joseph Huang for developing the MFR Suite and MFR research professional Han Xu for launching its second version in June of 2020. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the Macro Financial Modeling project through the generous financial support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Fidelity Investments and to thank Amy Boonstra, former MFM Executive Director, for her unconditional support. For their feedback, we thank Yu-Ting Chiang (University of Chicago), Jian Li (University of Chicago), Simon Scheidegger (HEC Lausanne), Elisabeth Proehl (University of Amsterdam), and conference participants at the 2nd MMCN, PASC18, University of Zurich, Northwestern University, and participants at the Economic Dynamics Working Group at the University of Chicago. We also would like to thank the Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago (RCC) for their guidance on high performance computing, in particular Peter Carbonetto and Hossein Pourreza. Read more about the MFR Collaboration with the RCC.


Joe Huang is a research consultant at the Macro Finance Research Program. He is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests lie in macroeconomics and finance. He also has experience in computational economics. Before joining the PhD program at Penn, he worked in the asset management industry.


Haomin Qin is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the Macro Finance Research (MFR) Program at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Lars Hansen on research projects related to macroeconomic modeling and asset pricing. Haomin holds an M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Economics from the University of Chicago.


Samuel (Daniel) Zhao is a Research Professional in the Macro Finance Research (MFR) Program at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Lars Hansen on research projects related to macroeconomic modeling and asset pricing.


In recognition of Black History Month, Research Associate Trevon Logan of The Ohio State University, who directs the NBER's working group on Race and Stratification in the Economy, reviews his research (NBER Working Paper 26014) on the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. He finds that in many former slave-holding areas, newly enfranchised Blacks elected leaders who raised taxes to finance accessible public schools and break up unproductive plantations. Many of these leaders became targets of violence by Whites. Violent outbreaks were associated with a reversal of the reform policies and a return to pre-war economic structures.


Through a partnership with the University of Chicago Press, the NBER publishes the proceedings of four annual conferences as well as other research studies associated with NBER-based research projects.


Background: Cancer-related financial hardship is associated with poor care outcomes and reduced quality of life for patients and families. Scalable intervention development to address financial hardship requires knowledge of current screening practices and services within community cancer care.


Methods: The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) 2017 Landscape Assessment survey assessed financial screening and financial navigation practices within U.S. community oncology practices. Logistic models evaluated associations between financial hardship screening and availability of a cancer-specific financial navigator and practice group characteristics (e.g., safety-net designation, critical access hospital, proportion of racial and ethnic minority patients served).


Results: Of 221 participating NCORP practice groups, 72% reported a financial screening process and 50% had a cancer-specific financial navigator. Practice groups with more than 10% of new patients with cancer enrolled in Medicaid (adjOR = 2.81, P = 0.02) and with less than 30% racial/ethnic minority cancer patient composition (adjOR = 3.91, P P


Conclusions: Most NCORP practice groups screen for financial concerns and half have a cancer-specific financial navigator. Practices serving more racial or ethnic minority patients are less likely to screen and have a designated financial navigator.


Impact: The effectiveness of financial screening and navigation for mitigating financial hardship could be tested within NCORP, along with specific interventions to address cancer care inequities.See related commentary by Yabroff et al., p. 593.


FCOIs may exist when financial considerations have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment or objectivity regarding the design, conduct or reporting of research. The University has one policy governing research-related FCOIs, the University of Pennsylvania Policy on Conflicts of Interest Related to Research (the FCOI Policy).


Prior to participating in research that will be funded by the Public Health Service (PHS), the FCOI Policy also requires Investigators to submit a Financial Interest and Travel Statement (PHS-FITS) to their Schools. Depending on the nature and value of financial interests disclosed and whether those financial interests are determined by their School to be related to a PHS proposal, Investigators may be required to provide a more detailed disclosure in FIDES. In addition to meeting the above disclosure obligations, Investigators must receive FCOI training prior to engaging in research at the University and at least every four years.


As a partner school of the CFA Institute, our program objective is to prepare you to successfully take and pass all levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. Whether pursuing full-time or part-time study, our courses ensure you are learning the necessary materials to take the exam and begin an exciting career in finance.


The Rutgers MFinA full-time program is taught at Rutgers Business School's $85 million building on the Livingston campus, one of five campuses that make up Rutgers University-New Brunswick, a secure, suburban campus in rural New Jersey. Students interested in the part-time program have the option of taking courses on the Livingston campus, on the Newark campus and any satellite campus locations.


CFA exams are given only in English, the worldwide language of business. MFinA is designed to not only prepare students academically, but also to provide a way for students to improve their English proficiency. We do this by requiring some accepted students to take a Summer Intensive Business English (SIBE) program. Following completion of SIBE students should have a broader understanding of the English language making it more likely to perform better in finance classes as well as on the CFA exams.


The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each student will be tested on their analytical, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills. They gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst.


The ongoing data science and machine learning revolution has had enormous impact on almost every aspect of society and the workplace. The Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) department's research, teaching and professional service focuses on the foundations of data science, probabilistic modeling, and optimal decision-making under uncertainty, with principal applications in communications, finance, energy and the environment, social, behavioral, physical and biological sciences, robotics and cyberphysical systems, social networks, and transportation.


The core graduate and undergraduate programs provide strong technical grounding in statistics, probability, and optimization. Combined expertise in these areas has produced important breakthroughs in research, industry practice and policy making. We are currently 20 faculty, 67 Ph.D. students, 1 Masters students and 222 undergraduate majors. In these pages, you will find details of our research, teaching, graduate and undergraduate programs, and conferences and other events that we organize and host. Thank you for visiting our site and your interest in ORFE.


The FDIC provides a wealth of resources for consumers, bankers, analysts, and other stakeholders. Browse our collection of financial education materials, data tools, documentation of laws and regulations, information on important initiatives, and more.


The FDIC is proud to be a pre-eminent source of U.S. banking industry research, including quarterly banking profiles, working papers, and state banking performance data. Browse our extensive research tools and reports.


The FDIC is a preeminent banking research institution. The FDIC established the Center for Financial Research to promote research on topics important to the FDIC's mission including deposit insurance, bank supervision, making large and complex financial institutions resolvable, and resolution of failed financial institutions. The Center has an active seminar series and maintains contacts with preeminent scholars in the industry, academics, and the public sector. Its research follows banking industry developments, risk measurement and management methods, regulatory policy, and related topics. The Center sponsors an annual Bank Research Conference, hosts short-term visiting scholars, and manages a Visiting Scholars Program. The work of our researchers helps the FDIC maintain a safe, sound, and vibrant banking sector.


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