Antoinette Schoar

Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Finance


Antoinette SchoarAntoinette Schoar teaches in the areas of corporate finance and entrepreneurship. While at the MIT Sloan School of Management, she developed a new second-year elective course on entrepreneurial finance.

Her current research examines returns and capital flows in the venture capital industry, the effect of managerial styles on corporate policies, and the impact of corporate governance changes on a firm’s performance. Her paper, “The Effects of Corporate Diversification on Productivity,” won the 2003 Journal of Finance Brattle Prize. She has published several papers in The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her work also has been featured in The Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Economist.

Schoar is a member of the American Finance Association and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to starting her graduate studies, she worked at Daimler Benz and McKinsey & Company.

She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. While a student, she received several prestigious scholarships from the German National Scholarship foundation, the ministry of commerce, and the George Stigler Center at the University of Chicago.

Faculty Media

  • Study Challenges Housing Bust Common Wisdom

    We are constantly learning new stuff about the housing bubble – and some of the new stuff contradicts the old. Now comes a study that rejects or qualifies much of this received wisdom. Conducted by...

  • How to Get Financial Advice Worth Your Money

    In an effort to create a successful retirement portfolio, investors often find their way to professionals who loosely call themselves advisers or their services financial planning, even though they...

  • The Cost of Compliance

    The ongoing debate on the financial scandal involving the Saradha group in West Bengal has put the focus on chit funds, one of the oldest but still poorly understood financial institutions in India.

  • The most influential academics in the institutional investing world.

    Sovereign funds beware: Schoar and her collaborators will call you out for shortsightedness. "We've written a paper, and updated it (in 2011, titled 'The Investment Strategies of Sovereign Wealth...

  • Financial Advisors Encourage Bad Behavior

    Seeking financial advice is bad for your wealth. New research by top academics concludes that the advisor industry mostly reinforces bad behavior, rather than fixing it, even when clients start...

  • Financial Advisers Flunk Undercover Sting

    The study, by Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, Markus Noeth of the University of Hamburg and Antoinette Schoar of the MIT Sloan School of Management, looks at the behavior of typical...

  • Can Starting Out in an Economic Bust Hurt a CFO's Career?

    Boom or bust: Which environment your career began in can shape your career. Thats according to MIT Sloan researchers Antoinette Schoar and Luo Zuo. In their working paper, Shaped by Booms and...

  • The case for unwinding Fannie and Freddie

    Today Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--two government-sponsored enterprises originally designed to increase the availability of loans and thereby raise levels of home ownership--dominate the US mortgage...

  • Cautious capitalism

    WITH the euro zone teetering on the edge of a break-up, it hardly seems an opportune time to indulge in post-recession musings. Nonetheless, it has been four and a half years since the crisis began...

  • Lessons from the Financial Crisis: New Directions for Managing Risk and the Global Financial System

    What caused the financial crisis? Some experts believe it was the result of a perfect storm in U.S. financial markets brought on by a combination of bad banking regulations, lax oversight of...


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