Antoinette Schoar

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


Antoinette Schoar

Antoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

An expert in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and organizational economics, Schoar researches venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate diversification, governance, and capital budgeting decisions in firms. She has received the Fellowship of the George Stigler Center, 1997–1999, and the ERP Doctoral Scholarship of the German Ministry of Trade, 1995–1997.

Schoar holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne, Germany, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Current Research Focus:  Schoar's current research focuses on the areas of household finance, entrepreneurial finance, and finance in emerging markets. Some of her ongoing projects investigate whether the market for financial advice corrects or aggravates investor biases, how competition in credit card markets impacts financing contracts, the role of housing and other forms of collateral for firm and job creation, and applications of behavioral economics to small-business lending. She is also a co-founder of ideas42, a non-profit that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems.

Faculty Media

  • How AI and Big Data Impact the Structure of the Financial Industry

    Nowhere has market structure changed as fast as it has in the financial industry. Professor Antoinette Schoar shares how AI, machine learning, and big data are making an impact.

  • 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...


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Teaches In

Advanced Management Program May 26-Jun 25, 2020

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.