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Past Top Finance Graduate Awards

FRIC organizes an annual award event: The AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS, which is given to the most promising finance PhD graduates of the year. You can find the previous winners of the award below.

AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS

The AQR Top Finance Graduate Award is a yearly event hosted and organized by Center for Financial Frictions (FRIC) and the Department of Finance at Copenhagen Business School. The award recognizes the most promising finance PhD graduates of the year. Specifically, the award recognizes the graduates specializing in financial economics pursuing degrees in any field of study, e.g. business or economics, whose dissertation and broader research potential carry the greatest promise of making an impact on the finance practice and academia.

The event is sponsored by AQR Capital Management.

AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS 2017

AQR TFGA Winners 2017

Winners 2017

  • Simona Abis, PhD from INSEAD
  • Jessica Jeffers, PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
  • Moritz Lenel, PhD from Stanford University
  • Pascal Noel, PhD from Harvard University
  • Emily Williams, PhD from London Business School
  • Alexander K. Zentefis, PhD from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
     

The 2017 awards were presented by Award Selection Committee member Ralph Koijen from New York University, Stern School of Business.
The Award ceremony took place at CBS on May 29, 2017.

 

AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS 2016

Winners AQR Top Finance Graduate Award 2016

Winners 2016

  • Asaf Bernstein, PhD from MIT Sloan School of Management: Household Debt Overhang and Labor Supply. Now assistant professor at University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business.
  • Arpit Gupta, PhD from Columbia Business School: Foreclosure Contagion and the Neighborhood Spillover Effects of Mortgage Defaults. Now assistant professor at New York University, Stern School of Business.
  • Elisabeth Kempf, PhD from Tilburg University: The Job Rating Game: The Effects of Revolving Doors on Analyst Incentives. Now assistant professor at The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
  • Song Ma, PhD from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business: The Life Cycle of Corporate Venture Capital. Now assistant professor at Yale School of Management.
  • David Schoenherr, PhD from London Business School: Political Connections and Allocative Distortions. Now assistant professor at Princeton University.
  • Michael Schwert, PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business: Bank Capital and Lending Relationships. Now assistant professor at The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business.

The Award ceremony took place at CBS on May 30, 2016.
 

AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS 2015

Winners 2015

Winners 2015

  • Svetlana Bryzgalova, PhD from London School of Economics: Spurious Factors in Linear Asset Pricing Models. Now assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Benjamin Hébert, PhD from Harvard University: Moral Hazard and the Optimality of Debt. Now assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Sabrina Howell, PhD from Harvard University: Financing Constraints as Barriers to Innovation: Evidence from R&D Grants to Energy Startups. Now assistant professor at New York University Stern School of Business
  • Lawrence Jin, PhD from Yale School of Management: A Speculative Asset Pricing Model of Financial Instability. Now assistant professor at California Institute of Technology
  • Lawrence Schmidt, PhD from University of California, San Diego: Climbing and Falling Off the Ladder: Asset Pricing Implications of Labor Market Event Risk. Now assistant professor at the University of Chicago
  • Emil Siriwardane, PhD from NYU Stern School of Business: Concentrated Capital Losses and the Pricing of Corporate Credit Risk. Now assistant professor at Harvard Business School

The Award ceremony took place at CBS on June 11, 2015.


Top Finance Graduate Award 2014

Top Finance Graduate Award Winners 2014

Winners 2014

  • Eduardo Dávila, PhD from Harvard University: Optimal Financial Transaction Taxes. Now assistant professor at New York University, Stern School of Business
  • Maryam Farboodi, PhD from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Department of Economics: Intermediation and Voluntary Exposure to Counterparty Risk. Now assistant professor at Princeton University
  • François Geerolf, PhD from Sciences Po Paris: A Theory of Power Law Distributions for the Returns to Capital and of the Credit Spread Puzzle. Now assistant professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Boris Vallée, PhD from HEC Paris: Catering to Investors through Product Complexity. Now assistant professor at Harvard Business School
  • Victoria Vanasco, PhD from University of California, Berkeley: Information Acquisition vs. Liquidity in Financial Markets. Now assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Michael Weber, PhD from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business: Nominal Rigidities and Asset Pricing. Now assistant professor at University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

The 2014 awards were presented by Award Selection Committee member John Campbell from Harvard University.
The Award ceremony took place at CBS on June 4, 2014

 

Top Finance Graduate Award 2013

Top Finance Graduate Award Winners 2013

Winners 2013

  • Jean-Noël Barrot, PhD from HEC Paris School of Management: Financial Strength and Trade Credit Provision: Evidence from Trucking Firms. Now assistant professor at MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Gabriel Chodorow-Reich, PhD from University of California, Berkeley: The Employment Effects of Credit Market Disruptions: Firm-level Evidence from the 2008-09 Financial Crisis. Now assistant professor at Harvard University
  • Timothy J. McQuade, PhD from Harvard University: Stochastic Volatility and Asset Pricing Puzzles. Now assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Marina Niessner, PhD from University of Chicago: Strategic Disclosure Timing and Insider Trading. Now assistant professor at Yale School of Management
  • Felipe Varas, PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business: Contracting Timely Delivery with Hard to Verify Quality. Now assistant professor at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

The 2013 awards were presented by Lars Rohde, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Danmarks Nationalbank.
The Award ceremony took place at CBS on May 31, 2013

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