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I am a financial economist studying non-bank financial intermediation. My recent work focuses on delegated asset management, financial advice and angel investing.
 “The Globalization of Angel Investments: Evidence Across Countries”
with Josh Lerner, Antoinette Schoar and Karen Wilson
Journal of Financial Economics (2018)
Across 21 countries, angel funding generates a positive impact on firm growth, performance, survival, and follow-on fundraising.
MEDIA: Angel Capital Association
 “Does FinTech Democratize Investing?”
with Michael Reher
Robo-advisors affect inequality by giving middle-class households access to professionally-managed stock portfolios.
PRESENTATIONS: California Corporate Finance Conference 2019, CAFR FinTechWorkshop 2020, NY Fed Fintech Conference 2020, The Paris Conference on FinTech and Cryptofinance 2020
The reduction in commissions by the regulator leads to a sharp decline in mutual fund expense ratios, generating significant savings for fund investors and causing them to increase their mutual fund holdings.
PRESENTATIONS: SGF Conference 2020, AFA Annual Meeting 2021 (scheduled)
 “Paying for Beta: Leverage Demand and Asset Management Fees”
with Steffen Hitzemann and Mingzhu Tai
Mutual fund managers charge fees for embedded leverage, which helps explain net-of-fees underperformance of actively managed funds.
PRESENTATIONS: FIRS 2020
 “Does Passive Investing Help Relax Short-Sale Constraints?”
with Darius Palia
Passive investors contribute to stock price efficiency by relaxing short-sale constraints.
PRESENTATIONS: NYU Stern, UNC Kenan-Flagler, USC Marshall, IDC Summer Finance Conference 2019, Triple Crown Conference 2019, The CUHK International Finance Conference 2019, University of Oklahoma
The portfolio manager compensation is influenced by fund flows driven by past raw returns. Managers are thus paid equally for fund superior performance and for the fund’s passive benchmark returns.
PRESENTATIONS: AFA Annual Meeting 2018, Darden School of Business, Boston Fed, AQR Capital Management, Hebrew University