Research Interests

Household Finance, Behavioral Finance, Social Networks, Law and Finance, Financial Intermediation


Review of Financial Studiesforthcoming [bibtex cite]


        Media: Wall Street Journal

Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming [bibtex cite]


Best paper award winner at the FMA 2015

World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming [bibtex cite]

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Special Issue in Empirical Behavioral Finance [bibtex cite]

Working Papers

Local financial development causes long-lasting improvements in consumer financial health. We use credit panel data and variation in financial development across Native American reservations caused by Congressionally imposed differences in court enforcement of civil contracts. Young consumers on reservations with more financial activity more quickly engage in formal credit markets, an effect that leads to greater long-run financial health.

"Can Leverage Constraints Make (Some) Investors Better Off?"

EFA Lugano, SFS Cavalcade, NFA

Finalist for best paper award in Asset Pricing at the 2015 SFS Cavalcade

Leverage is inversely related to individual investor performance. Evidence comes from CFTC regulation capping the maximum permissible leverage available to U.S. retail traders compared to unregulated European traders who trade on the same brokerages. Overconfidence jointly explains demand for leverage and subsequent poor performance. Supplemental Materials

"YOLO: Mortality Beliefs and Household Finance Puzzles" (w/ Kristian Myrseth and Raphael Schoenle

NBER - SI (HF), LBS - EWFC, IDC - Herzliya 13th Annual Conference, SED

Norman Award Grant for creative projects in the Social Sciences,

Media: Wall Street Journal: Pro, MarketWatch, Kiplinger

Webinar for the Retirement Income Industry Association 

Subjective mortality beliefs are fat-tailed and affect consumption/savings decisions. A run-of-the-mill life-cycle model calibrated to subjective mortality beliefs can explain under-saving while young, under-consumption while retired, and the high equity premium.

"Facebook Finance: How Social Interaction Propagates Active Investing" (w/ David Simon)

AFA San Diego 

Media: Wall Street Journal, Quartz, The Street

The patterns of communication between traders supports the growth of active strategies. Using novel data from a social network linked to individual investment accounts, traders broadcast their own successes, while recipients trade more when their peers perform well.

Selected Works in Progress

"Awareness of the Adverse Selection Problem in Retail Markets: A Field-Experiment on a Discount Brokerage" w/ Juhani Linnainmaa, FRA Early Ideas Session

"The Anatomy of Financial Frictions: New Evidence from Private Firms" w/ Jamie BrownTony Cookson, and Ivan IvanovFRA Early Ideas Session