University of Southern California


Research Environment

At USC the Finance and Business Economics faculty is actively engaged in research in such diverse areas as the pricing and valuation of securities, the economics of financial markets, mutual funds and other investment vehicles, the structure and financial decision-making of firms and financial intermediaries, and other relevant areas.

Beyond formal coursework, workshops run by the department allow doctoral students to remain abreast of current research by USC faculty and outside scholars. Workshops are offered in financial economics, macro and international economics, applied microeconomics and regulation, and real estate (through the Lusk Center joint with the School of Policy, Planning and Development).

Research Community

The Social Science Research Network ranks Marshall 14th in the world for the number of FBE papers downloaded by the academic community in the past 12 months. In addition, our faculty are published in and serve on the editorial boards of the field’s top journals, including:

  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • American Economic Review
  • Econometrica

Faculty Honors

  • Jensen Prize, Best Corporate Finance Article, Journal of Financial Economics Interdisciplinary, Interactive Research

Faculty Professional Leadership Roles

  • Chief Economist, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • President, Chinese Economists Society

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