Antoinette Schoar

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


Antoinette Schoar Antoinette 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

  • How Should You Pay for Financial Advice?

    From robo advisers to full-service professionals, investors have more choices than ever in getting, and paying for, financial advice

  • It’s Time to Stop Blaming Poor People for the Financial Crisis

    A new paper co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Antoinette Schoar shows that the share of Americans owning homes increased the most among the well off, while that share actually declined among the poor.

  • Future Of FinTech: From Cryptocurrencies To Payments, B-School Finance Courses Evolve

    Advances in fintech trigger immense interest among business schools.

  • Bitcoin Blockchain: Elite B-Schools Set To Launch New FinTech MBA Programs

    Two top-ranked US business schools are developing fintech programs for MBAs, BusinessBecause has learnt—highlighting the growing enthusiasm at elite schools for the business world’s sexiest topic.

  • How to Train an Entrepreneur

    If you run a small business and must make constant decisions—how much inventory to purchase, where to get better terms for a loan—plus worry about issues such as power outages, while also dealing...

  • What Bubble? Startups Are Actually at Historically Low Levels

    MIT finance professor Antoinette Schoar distinguishes two basic types of entrepreneurs, “subsistence” and “transformational.”

  • Exploring Why 'Family' CEOs Think Differently

    In general, the more family-oriented the firm, the more of a "stakeholder" focus it has. Faced with a choice between continuing to pay dividends and laying off workers, for example, founders and...

  • How Your Junk Mail Shows if You’re Rich or Poor

    If you want to know what credit card companies think of you, look at your mail.

  • Profit Is Less About Good Management than You Think

    Value investors like Graham and Buffett believe that the sources of sustainable returns on capital are not a company’s human assets but their so-called “economic moats,” structural, durable...

  • Is Brand Strategy A Myth?

    What if you followed the instructions of a Jim Collins or Tom Peters and transformed your company’s management practices to emulate the winning case studies in these books? That would surely make a...


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Teaches In

Personal Finance: Read the Fine Print

In this MIT Sloan Data Made To Matter podcast episode, Antoinette Schoar discusses how she uses big data to hold the personal finance industry accountable to the people it serves.