Laura Blattner

Laura Blattner
Assistant Professor, Finance
Contact Info
Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg Jr. Faculty Scholar for 2019-2020
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Research Interests

  • Financial Institutions
  • Macroeconomics
  • Corporate Finance


Laura Blattner is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research interests are banking, corporate finance, and macroeconomics. Laura recently earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University. She also holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Political Economy & Government, Harvard University, 2018
  • M.Phil. Economics, Oxford University, 2012
  • BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Oxford University, 2010

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 2018-present

Awards and Honors

  • AQR Top Finance Graduate Award, 2018
  • BlackRock Applied Research Award (Winner), 2017
  • ECB Lamfalussy Fellowship, 2017
  • MFM dissertation grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, University of Chicago, 2016-2017
  • ERP Fellowship, German Federal Ministry of Economics, 2013

Working Papers

When Losses Turn Into Loans: The Cost of Undercapitalized Banks | PDF
Laura Blattner, Luísa Farinha, Francisco Rebelo, June 262018
Debt or Demand: Which Holds Investment Back? Evidence from an Investment Tax Credit | PDF
Laura Blattner, Luísa Farinha, Francisca Rebelo, October 312017
Sovereign Debt Composition in Advanced Economies : A Historical Perspective | PDF
S.M. Ali Abbas, Laura Blattner, Mark De Broeck, Asmaa A ElGanainy, Malin Hu, September 92014


Degree Courses


This MBA elective explores innovative ways that start-ups are expanding the financial capacities of households and small businesses. What are the financial frictions that household/business facing impactful FinTech startups are addressing? What...

This course provides an introduction to empirical research in corporate finance, with an emphasis on the application of cross-sectional and panel data econometric techniques for causal inference. Topics include investment policy, entrepreneurship...

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