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Fernando Lopez, PhD, Finance 2014

On Collaboration with Faculty:
The finance department faculty are very involved with doctoral students. I have always received feedback and direction when I asked for it. I’m comfortable with the mentoring style, which balances a frank assessment of my work’s strengths and weaknesses with the respect and freedom I need to pursue topics of my interests. On a more personal dimension, the character of the faculty when conducting their courses, research, and mentoring has strengthened my aspiration to have a career based on excellence and integrity. Overall, the doctoral program in finance at Olin has helped me become a better researcher and scholar.
The title of my dissertation is “Essays in Household Finance.” I am motivated to enter this field to understand how individuals make their financial decisions and the extent to which financial services can improve their well-being.

On the Olin Experience:
I am particularly privileged to be a Scholar in the McDonnell International Scholars Academy ( In addition to a generous fellowship for my doctoral studies at Olin, this program has given me the opportunity to interact with people from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. The constant interaction with other “McDonnell Scholars” has been useful in cultivating friendships and professional connections as well as enhancing my understanding of different cultures and problems that lie outside my area of expertise. Social activities in St. Louis, as well as my travels to Washington DC and New York, have provided me with the opportunity to meet global leaders in business, politics, and academia whom I would not have met otherwise. Overall, the McDonnell Academy has nicely complemented my doctoral experience with a novel program that is not available at other major universities.

Teaching Assistant Work:
Advanced Corporate Finance (BSBA, MBA), Professor Radha Gopalan
Integrated Value Creation (MBA), Professor Anjan Thakor
Investments (BSBA, MBA), Professor Matthew Ringgenberg

Previous Employment:
Inter-American Development Bank, Consultant for the Office of Evaluation & Oversight and the Department of Institutional Capacity & Finance (Washington DC), 2006-2009
Chilean Ministry of Economics, Consultant for the Division of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2008-2009
Universidad de Chile, Lecturer Calculus I, 2005-2006
Zahler & Co., Advisor in Finance and Quantitative Methods, 2004-2008

MSc (c) Finance, 2006, Universidad de Chile
BA Economics, 2004, Universidad de Chile
Hometown: Santiago, Chile