Ashok Rai

Ashok Rai is an Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College. His research is on the inequality that arises from unequal financial access. He has written on microfinance design and is now working on the global coffee trade.

Rai has a B.A. from Stanford University, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Richard Robb

Richard Robb is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs and CEO of the investment management firm, Christofferson, Robb & Company (CRC).

Robb received a B.A. from Duke University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1985.

Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan is the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Dr. Rajan is also currently an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Prior to resuming teaching in 2007, Dr. Rajan was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research (in plain English, the Chief Economist) at the International Monetary Fund.

Miguel Palacios

Miguel Palacios is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. His recent work focuses on the intersection of human capital and asset-pricing, studying the size and riskiness of human capital, and measuring the effect that human capital has on the riskiness of firms. Miguel has also worked on innovative instruments for financing education. On this subject he published Investing in Human Capital (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and co-founded Lumni Inc.

Deborah Lucas

Deborah J. Lucas is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Her recent research has focused on the problem of measuring and accounting for the costs and risks of government financial obligations. Her published papers cover a wide range of topics including the effect of idiosyncratic risk on asset prices and portfolio choice, dynamic models of corporate finance, financial institutions, and monetary economics.

Francisco Gomes

Francisco Gomes is currently a Professor of Finance at London Business School. After earning his BA, Dr. Gomes worked at the Bank of Portugal in the economic research department. Following his PhD, he joined London Business School as an Assistant Professor of Finance. Dr. Gomes' research has been published in leading journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics and the American Economic Review. He has also given numerous seminars worldwide.

Carlos Garriga

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Carlos Garriga was assistant professor of economics at the Department of Economics at Florida State University, and assistant professor of economics at the Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). He has been a visiting professor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota.

Esther Eiling

Esther Eiling is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on human capital, labor mobility and asset pricing, as well as international finance. One of her recent papers examines the asset pricing implications of heterogeneity in human capital. In particular, she finds that the cross-section of expected stock returns is primarily affected by industry-level rather than aggregate labor income risk. Her research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Finance and the Journal of International Money and Finance.

Alberto Bisin

Alberto Bisin is a Professor of Economics at New York University. He is also a fellow of the NBER, IGIER at Bocconi University, CESS at NYU, CIREQ at the Université de Montreal. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, of Economic Theory, and of Research in Economics. His main contributions are in the fields of Social Economics, Financial Economics, and Behavioral Economics. He is a co-editor of the Handbook of Social Economics. He is also the founding editor of www.noisefromamerika.org.

Luca Benzoni

Luca Benzoni is a Senior Financial Economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Benzoni's research focuses on asset allocation over the life cycle, human capital, the modeling of equity returns, interest rates, and their volatility, and derivatives pricing. Benzoni's research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Financial Intermediation. Before joining the Chicago Fed in September 2006, Benzoni was an assistant professor in finance at the University of Minnesota.