An expert in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and organizational economics, Antoinette Schoar researches venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate diversification, governance, and capital budgeting decisions in firms.
Her current research focuses on the areas of household finance, entrepreneurial finance, and finance in emerging markets. Some of her ongoing projects investigate whether the market for financial advice corrects or aggravates investor biases; how competition in credit card markets impacts financing contracts; the role of housing and other forms of collateral for firm and job creation; and applications of behavioral economics to small-business lending.
Schoar has spent most of her career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. In 2003, she was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Currently, Schoar is the co-organizer of the Entrepreneurship Working Group at the National Bureau of Economics. She also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.
She has been the academic advisor for the Small and Medium Enterprise Center IFMR India since 2006. Schoar is also a co-founder of ideas42, a nonprofit that uses insights from behavior economics and psychology to solve social problems. Schoar holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne, Germany and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.