Faculty & Research

Amir Sufi

Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance

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Amir Sufi is the Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Professor Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics. He has articles published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His recent research on household debt and the economy has been profiled in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. It has also been presented to policy-makers at the Federal Reserve, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, and the White House Council of Economic Advisors. This research forms the basis of his book co-authored with Atif Mian: House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014.

Sufi graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Solow Endowment Prize for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Research. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
35201 Cases in Financial Management 2014 (Fall)
35800 Investments 2015 (Summer)
35903 Theory of Financial Decisions III 2015 (Spring)

Other Interests

Travel, running, basketball, baseball.


Research Activities

Corporate finance; household finance; financial intermediation; subprime mortgages; syndicated loans; corporate liquidity and investment.

"Information Asymmetry and Financing Arrangements: Evidence from Syndicated Loans," Journal of Finance (2007).

"Creditor Control Rights and Firm Investment Policy," Journal of Financial Economics (2009).

"The Consequences of Mortgage Credit Expansion: Evidence from the U.S. Mortgage Default Crisis," Quarterly Journal of Economics (2009).

"The Political Economy of the U.S. Mortgage Default Crisis," American Economic Review (forthcoming).

"House Prices, Home Equity-Based Borrowing, and the U.S. Household Leverage Crisis," American Economic Review (forthcoming).

For a listing of research publications please visit ’s university library listing page.