Prof. Dr. Francesco D’Acunto

Research Interests

Expectations and Decision-making, Cultural Finance, FinTech/Entrepreneurship



Robo-advising (with A. G. Rossi), forthcoming. In Handbook of Technological Finance, eds: R. Rau, R. Wardrop, L. Zingales.

Regressive Mortgage Credit Redistribution in the Post-crisis Era (with A. G. Rossi), forthcoming. Review of Financial Studies.

The Promises and Pitfalls of Robo-advising (with N. Prabhala and A. G. Rossi), 2019. Review of Financial Studies, Vol 32(5), p. 1983 – 2020

Cognitive Abilities and Inflation Expectations (with D. Hoang, M. Paloviita, and M. Weber), 2019. American Economic Review P&P.

Historical Antisemitism, Ethnic Specialization, and Financial Development (with M. Prokopczuk and M. Weber), 2019. Review of Economic Studies, Vol 86(3), p. 1170 – 1206.

Flexible Prices and Leverage (with R. Liu, C. Pueger, and M. Weber), 2018. Journal of Financial Economics, Vol 129(1), p. 46 – 68.

Unconventional Fiscal Policy (with D. Hoang and M. Weber), 2018. American Economic Review P&P, Vol 108, p. 519 – 523.

Telecracy: Testing for Channels of Persuasion (with G. Barone and G. Narciso), 2015. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol 7(2), p. 30 – 60.



Boston College, Carroll School of Management

  • Assistant Professor of Finance, 2018 – Present

University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School of Business

  • Assistant Professor of Finance, 2015 – 2018


Other Affiliations (Selection)

CESifo Research Network

  • Member, 2017 – Present

Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets

  • Member, 2017 – Present

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

  • Member, 2017 – Present

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Visiting Scholar, 2016 – Present



University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business

  • Ph.D., Finance, 2015
  • M.Sc., Finance, 2012

Università Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

  • M.Sc., Economics and Business Law (cum laude, dignità di stampa), 2008

Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

  • B.A., Economics (cum laude and honors), 2006


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