Benjamin Hébert

Associate Professor, Finance

Benjamin Hébert

Associate Professor of Finance

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Research Statement

Benjamin Hébert’s research includes finance, macroeconomics, and contract theory. His recent projects seek to explain why debt contracts are so common, to analyze the effects of sovereign default, and to understand the information processing constraints on financial market participants.


Hébert is an associate professor of finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Benjamin received his PhD from Harvard University in 2015. Prior to graduate school, he worked for several years in the financial industry. He holds undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science from MIT.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Financial Economics, Macroeconomics, Contract Theory, Business Economics, Harvard University, 2015
  • SB in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • SB in Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Stanford GSB, 2020–present
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 2016–2020
  • Faculty Research Fellow, NBER (AP, IFM), 2018–present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2015–16

Awards and Honors

  • Business School Trust Faculty Scholar for 2021–22
  • Brattle Group Prize, First Place, 2020
  • VSFX 2019 Best Paper Award, Runner-Up
  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review 2018
  • Review of Economic Studies Tour, 2015
  • Finance Theory Group: Best Finance Theory Job Market Paper, Runner-Up Prize, 2015
  • AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at CBS, 2015
  • Roger Martin Doctoral Research Award, Harvard Business School. Awarded to PhD students in Business Economics who have conducted outstanding academic research, 2014
  • PhD Outstanding Paper Award, The 11th Annual Corporate Finance Conference, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014
  • Visiting Graduate Student, Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago, 2014
  • Bradley Foundation Fellowship, 2013–15
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Fall 2013


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