As the global health situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Becker Friedman Institute, with guidance from the University of Chicago’s Office of the Provost, is continuing to monitor the situation. At this time, we are tentatively moving forward with planning for conferences and events to be held in the summer and fall quarters. However, please note that things may change.

The Macro Finance Research Program (MFR), under the auspices of the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI), is hosting an MFR Summer Session for PhD students looking to write a dissertation at the interplay of macroeconomics and finance. The MFR Summer Session is a 4-day program held on July 28-31, 2020 at the University of Chicago. Local housing accommodations and travel funding will be covered by the MFR Program for selected participants.

The MFR Program is led by Lars Peter Hansen, the David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Statistics, and the Booth School of Business, and the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics. Throughout the four days of this summer session, faculty from the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the Booth School of Business will survey and discuss recent research on a variety of topics in the macro-finance field, including:

  • Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains
  • Housing Debt
  • Uncertainty Spillovers for Markets
  • Financial Tools for Social Valuation
  • Global Financial and Capital Markets

We anticipate providing the opportunity for advanced students to present their current research during structured poster sessions each day of the program. There will be lectures by University of Chicago faculty, including:

  • Wenxin Du on “The Role of the US Dollar in Global Capital Markets”
  • Lars Peter Hansen on “Uncertainty Spillovers for Markets”
  • Zhiguo He on “Intermediary Asset Pricing: Theory and Evidence”
  • Anil Kashyap on “Macroprudential Regulation”
  • Ralph Koijen on “A Demand System Approach to Understand Global Financial Markets”
  • Yueran Ma on “Expectations in Finance and Macroeconomics”
  • Amir Sufi on “Inequality and Indebted Demand”
  • Harald Uhlig on “Cryptocurrencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies”

Application Requirements for PhD Students

  • Two recommendations, including one from the student applicant’s dissertation advisor. Applicants are responsible for coordinating the agreement with the individuals writing the recommendation letters on their behalf, but must indicate that they should be sent directly and confidentially to
  • Short Statement of Interest (minimum length: one paragraph, double spaced, 12-point font, maximum length: one page, double spaced, 12-point font)
  • CV.

Application materials must be submitted to by March 31, 2020.