Greg Buchak

Greg Buchak
Assistant Professor, Finance
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Research Statement

My research focuses on consumer finance, the industrial organization of financial intermediation, financial regulation, and the role that finance plays in technological growth.

Research Interests

  • Fintech
  • Banking
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Private Equity
  • Law and Finance


Greg Buchak is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Buchak earned his PhD in Financial Economics at the University Chicago’s Department of Economics and Booth School of Business. He also received a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Before graduate school, he was a quantitative trader and portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs and the Royal Bank of Canada. He received a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Buchak’s primary research field is in corporate finance. He is interested in issues related to financial technology, financial intermediation, consumer finance, and the interplay between the evolving industrial organization of the financial sector, regulation, and technological progress.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Financial Economics, University of Chicago, 2019
  • JD, Law, University of Chicago, 2019
  • BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • BA, Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Stanford GSB, 2019- present

Professional Experience

  • Quantitative Portfolio Manager, Goldman Sachs & Co., 2008-2010
  • Trader, Royal Bank of Canada, 2010-2012

Awards and Honors

  • AQR Top Finance Graduate Award, 2019
  • John Leusner Fellowship, 2019
  • Douglas Baird Prize in Commercial Law, 2019


Journal Articles

Greg Buchak, Gregor Matvos, Tomasz Piskorski, Amit Seru. Journal of Financial Economics. December 2018, Vol. 130, Issue 3, Pages 453-483.

Working Papers

The Limits of Shadow Banks | PDF
Greg Buchak, Gregor Matvos, Tomas Piskorski, Amit Seru, October 2018
Does Competition Reduce Racial Discrimination in Lending? | PDF
Greg Buchak, Adam Jørring, April 2017
Fintech, Regulatory Arbitrage, and the Rise of Shadow Banks | PDF
Greg Buchak, Gregor Matvos, Tomasz Piskorski, Amit Seru, March 2017


Degree Courses


This course discusses empirical aspects of major topics in corporate finance, household and consumer finance, housing, banking, financial regulation as well as political economy. The course is designed for students doing their PhD in finance,...

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