Graduate Fellows

Jeong Yoo (Fall 2022)

I am a PhD student in Economics at USC. I received my Bachelor's in Business from USC and Master's in Economics from Duke University.

My main research areas are Asset Pricing and Applied Econometrics. Using econometrics tools, I like to analyze how and why various asset prices change over time. My recent work involves measuring strength of factors in high-dimensional settings, examining oil price shocks, and identifying asset pricing factors with statistically significant alphas.  

Past Graduate Fellow: Tiange Ye

I am a Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics at the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California. I hold a bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from New York University Shanghai, and master’s degree in mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.

My primary research interests are empirical asset pricing and credit risk. My recent research focuses on corporate debt rollover risk, as well as distinguishing between corporate bonds and loans. In the past, I have worked on mutual fund cash holdings and market flash crashes.

Past Graduate Fellow: Zhan Gao

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics, University of Southern California. Before coming to LA, I lived in Hong Kong for seven year,s where I received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

My research interests are mainly in econometrics. I’m currently working on high-dimensional predictive regression models, random coefficient models and robust estimation and inference methods.

Past Graduate Fellow: Dario Laudati

I am a PhD student in Economics at USC. I received my Bachelor in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy), and a joint Master degree in Economics from Bocconi University and Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). 

My research interests are at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. I am interested in studying how the industrial organization of banking affects the macroeconomic performance. I also have a broader interest in international finance, researching on foreign exchange rates and capital flows behavior. I like to refer to both theoretical and applied methodological strategies.

Past Graduate Fellow: Mahrad Sharifvaghefi

Assistant Professor - Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Tehran and Sharif University of Technology, respectively.

My research interests are High-Dimensional Inference and Macro-Finance. My recent work focuses on Variable Selection in Linear High-Dimensional setting and its application to real time forecasting of stock returns. 

  • Center for Applied Financial Economics (CAFE)
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue, KAP 324A
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089