Bendheim Center for Finance

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The Bendheim Center for Finance is an interdisciplinary research center established by Princeton University in 1998.


In 1998, Princeton University established the Bendheim Center for Finance to encourage interdisciplinary research in finance from a quantitative or mathematical perspective. The Center's research activities focus on the study of financial markets and asset prices, financial structure of firms, commercial banks and other financial intermediaries, and linkages between financial economics and such fields as engineering, operations research, mathematics, computer science, psychology and public policy. "Proponents of the program cited similar 'professionally-oriented mathematical and computational finance programs' at University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Columbia University, the University of Chicago and other peer institutions."[1] Ben Bernanke is credited as the founder of the center.[2]

The Center celebrated its tenth anniversary with a conference and lecture by Bernanke in September 2010.


News of faculty research of the Bendheim Center regularly appear in international media. Markus Brunnermeier, Paul Krugman and Hyun Song Shin among others were recently featured in various publications about the Euro Crisis, and Alan Blinder writes regularly for The New York Times and various other publications. A Wall Street Journal article about bubbles featured three "young stars" — Harrison Hong, for his work on "how differences of opinion and short-sales constraints can help start a bubble, and analysts' role in forming a bubble;" Wei Xiong, for his work on "how investors' disparate beliefs and overconfidence lead to frequent trading in bubble periods;" Markus Brunnermeier, for his research "suggesting rational investors are better off riding a bubble than trying to attack it."[3]


The Bendheim Center for Finance is located in former Dial Lodge on Prospect Avenue, adjacent to the Economics Department's Fisher Hall and close to the Operations Research and Financial Engineering department.

Undergraduate certificate[edit]

History of the undergraduate certificate[edit]

In the fall of 1999, BCF began offering a certificate in finance, awarding the first certificates in June 2000.

Number of certificate students enrolled per year:

2000: 61 2001: 82 2002: 85 2003: 122 2004: 113 2005: 126 2006: 158 2007: 154 2008: 105 2009: 120 2010: 79 2011: 89 2012: 83

Masters degree[edit]

The Bendheim Center for Finance offers a Masters in Finance (MFin) degree that can be completed in 1 year (10 courses) or 2 years (16 courses). Most students complete the degree in 2 years, and only students with substantial prior finance training or work experience are admitted to the 1 year option. The New York Sun claims that it is a popular alternative to an MBA, particularly for people wishing to go into trading and hedge fund jobs.[1]

History of the MFin degree[edit]

The Bendheim Center for Finance began offering the Masters in Finance degree in 2001, awarding the first degrees in June 2002.

A breakdown of enrollees versus applications each year follows:

2002: 4 enrollees.

2003: X

2004: 200 applications, 19 acceptances, 9 enrollees.

2005: 295 applications, 31 acceptances, 19 enrollees.

2006: 418 applications, 47 acceptances, 27 enrollees.

2007: 425 applications, 49 acceptances, 32 enrollees.

2008: 660 applications, 40 acceptances, 30 enrollees.

2009: 591 applications, 24 acceptances, 19 enrollees.

2010: 601 applications, 31 acceptances, 25 enrollees.

2011: 729 applications, 36 acceptances, 29 enrollees.

2012: 815 applications, 43 acceptances, 40 enrollees.

2013: 690 applications, 32 acceptances, 26 enrollees.[4]

Notable faculty (current and former)[edit]

*Christopher Sims -- 2011 Nobel Prize Winner


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