Macro Financial Modeling

Macroeconomic Modeling and Systemic Risk Research Initiative

Project Di​rectors

  • Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago
  • Andrew W. Lo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The financial crisis of 2007–2009 revealed serious gaps in our ability to define, measure, and manage financial sector activities that pose risks to the macroeconomy as a whole. Current macroeconomic models typically used for quantitative and empirical investigations are not well designed to account for important financial sector influences on the aggregate economy.

To address these deficiencies, the Becker Friedman Institute has launched an initiative to develop and assess more ambitious macroeconomic models.

Building new models is a long-term venture that requires a broad-based, collective perspective. This three-year initiative establishes the Macro Financial Modeling (MFM) Group, a network of prominent researchers working together to develop the next generation of policy tools.

These enhanced models will be rich enough to study the impact of shocks that are either initially large or build endogenously over time.