Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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"WFA-CFAR is dedicated to the dissemination of cutting-edge research in finance and accounting by encouraging our faculty, students, and companies to work more closely together."

Anjan Thakor, Director, WFA-CFAR

"I have sponsored a number of practicums with Olin students, and am constantly astonished at the creativity, knowledge, and energy that they bring to bear."

Jimmie Lenz, DBA '16

"The faculty push you to think critically about the details buried in the mechanics and theory of corporate finance."

Thomas Napier, MSFC '14

​Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research

Welcome to the Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research (WFA-CFAR). WFA-CFAR is dedicated to the dissemination of cutting-edge research in finance and accounting by encouraging our faculty and students to work more closely with companies. We do this through the creative design of courses in our degree programs, executive education programming, research white papers, conferences, publications, and projects for companies that involve both Olin faculty and students.

WFA-CFAR works closely with our advisory board to make sure our efforts stay focused on meeting the needs of business. Through our specialized masters programs — Master of Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, and Global Master of Finance — as well as the DBA program in Finance, PhD programs, and our Finance curriculum in the BSBA and MBA programs, the Center will facilitate the forging of stronger ties among our faculty, students, and business.

Additionally, through the research of our faculty, WFA-CFAR brings the most exciting research being conducted in finance and accounting into the domain of practitioners. We do this through posting of white papers, hosting of center conferences, publication of our See Far magazine, and practicum projects that help implement new ideas for organizational change.

We are grateful to Wells Fargo Advisors for its generous gift to endow $4 million to Olin Business School to rename the Center. This will strengthen WFA-CFAR’s role as a source of cutting-edge finance and accounting research that will in turn enhance our teaching experience for students and create practical applications for the business community.

Anjan Thakor, WFA-CFAR Director, Director of Doctoral Programs and John E. Simon Professor of Finance


Distributed: Trade Conference

June 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Dopuch Accounting Conference

November 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Corporate Finance Conference

November 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM