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Scott Weisbenner

Professor of Finance and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow

Educational Background

Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
B.A., Economics and Mathematics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1995

Positions Held

Associate Editor, Management Science, present
Professor of Finance, University of Illinois, 2011 to present
James F. Towey Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, 2009 to present
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 2009 to present
Editor, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2010-2013
Associate Professor of Finance, University of Illinois, 2007-2011
Visiting Professor of Finance, Nanyang Technological University, 2010
Associate Editor for special issue on behavioral economics and finance, Management Science, 2010
A.J. Pasant Professor of Finance, Michigan State University, 2009
Visiting Professor of Finance, City University of Hong Kong, 2009
Visiting Professor of Finance, Massey University, 2009
Julian Simon Memorial Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, 2007-2009
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 2002-2009
Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Illinois, 2000-2007
Economist, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, 1999-2000

Recent Publications

Brown, J. , Weisbenner, S. Forthcoming. Defined Contribution Plans as a Foundation for Retirement Security. Journal of Retirement

Brown, J. , Weisbenner, S. Forthcoming. Why Do Individuals Choose Defined Contribution Plans? Evidence from Participants in a Large Public Plan. Journal of Public Economics

Brown, J. , Dimmock, S., Weisbenner, S. Forthcoming. The Supply and Demand for Charitable Donations to Higher Education.. In How the Great Recession Affected Higher Education

Brown, J. , Dimmock, S., Kang, J., Weisbenner, S. 2014. How University Endowments Respond to Financial Market Shocks: Evidence and Implications. American Economic Review, 104: 931-962

Brown, J. , Weisbenner, S. 2013. The Distributional Effects of the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 12: 415-434

Almeida, H. , Campello, M., Laranjeira, B., Weisbenner, S. 2012. Corporate Debt Maturity and the Real Effects of the 2007 Credit Crisis. Critical Finance Review, 1: 3-58

Honors and Awards

Associate Editor, Management Science, present
Selected to List of Teachers Rated as Outstanding (awarded to top 10% of teachers), University of Illinois, present
Best Paper Award from the Finance Down Under: Building on the Best from the Cellars of Finance conference, 2014
Selected the Best Professor in the Full-Time MBA Program, 2014
James F. Towey Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, 2009 to present
Selected to List of Teachers Rated as Excellent, University of Illinois, 2002 to present
Selected the Best First-Year Professor in the Executive MBA Program, 2013
Nominated by the College of Business for the University Scholars Award, 2013
Selected to List of Teachers Rated as Outstanding (awarded to top 10% of teachers), University of Illinois, 2013
Editor, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2010-2013
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 2009-2013
Selected the Best Professor in a Large Elective Course for the Master of Science in Finance Program (for Corporate Finance course), 2012
BlackRock Reserach Award for Best Paper on Capital Markets/Fund Management/Mutual FundsAward at the 25th Annual Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, 2012
Selected to List of Teachers Rated as Outstanding (awarded to top 10% of teachers), University of Illinois, 2012
Winner of the College of Business Alumni Association Excellence-in-Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching (one winner selected in the College of Business), 2011
Selected the Best Professor in a Large Elective Course for the Master of Science in Finance Program (for Behavioral Finance course), 2011
Nominated by the College of Business for the Campus Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award, 2011
Selected the Best Professor in a Large Elective Course for the Master of Science in Finance Program (for Corporate Finance course), 2010
Nominated by the College of Business for the Campus Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award, 2010
Best Paper Award from the Napa Conference on Financial Markets Research, 2010
Associate Editor for special issue on behavioral economics and finance, Management Science, 2010

Service Activities

Conference Program Committee, WFA Meetings, 2008, 2010-2014
Discussant, AFA Meetings, 2013
Presenter, Finance Down Under Conference: Building on the Best from the Cellars of Finance, Duisenberg Shool of Finance - Tinbergen Institute, Oregon, Toronto, Invited Seminars and Conference Presentations, 2013
Conference Program Committee, EFA Meetings, 2013
Editor, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2010-2013
Conference Program Committee, Miami Behavioral Finance Conference, 2010-2013
Ad Hoc Reviewer, AEJ: Policy, AER, Economic Letters, Finance Research Letters, Financial Management, JHR, JF, JFE, JFI, JFQA, JLE, JPubE, Management Science, NTJ, QJE, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, REStat, RFS, 2000-2013
Discussant, AEA Meetings, 1st Luxembourg Asset Management Summit, Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, 2012
Presenter, University of Miami, DePaul University / Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, West Virginia University, WFA Meetings, 1st Luxembourg Asset Management Summit, Drexel, Australasian Finance and Banking Confe, Invited Seminars and Conference Presentations, 2012
Discussant, AEA Meetings, Society of Financial Studies (SFS) Cavalcade, Korea America Finance Association (KAFA) Meetings, FIRS Conference, FEA Conference, 2011
Presenter, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Maastricht University, Korea University, Korea America Finance Association meetings, KAIST, EFA Meetings, Aalto University, MSU Federal Credit Union Conference, Invited Seminars and Conference Presentations, 2011
Session Chair, August, EFA Meetings,, 2011
Associate Editor (special issue on behavioral economics and finance), Management Science, 2010
Discussant, ISCTE Business School Conference on Asset Management, Miami Behavioral Finance Conference, Bogazici University, 2010
Presenter, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Stockholm School of Economi, Invited Seminars and Conference Presentations, 2010
Conference Program Committee, Istanbul Stock Exchange 25th Anniversary Paper Competition, 2010

Teaching and Research Interests

Weisbenner’s research studies household portfolio decisions and the financial and operational decisions made by corporate executives and other institutional managers. It draws on a number of different identification strategies and data sets to provide insights on these issues, often with implications for broader questions in finance and economics. To answer the questions posed by his research, Professor Weisbenner uses variation in the conditions facing households and institutions by geography, changes to tax and other policy parameters, and financial shocks.

 

Contact Information:

4031 BIF
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL, 61820
(217) 333-0872
weisbenn@illinois.edu


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