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Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance


The Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance is dedicated to providing advanced education, outreach and research in the field of behavioral finance and economics.

The center's efforts are driven by its Executive Director James Valentine and the Driehaus Chair for Behavioral Finance Hongjun Yan.

James Valentine, Executive Director

James Valentine serves as the executive director of the Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance. Valentine started his career as an equity research analyst, where the major North American investor polls ranked him among the top three in his sector for 10 consecutive years and Forbes identified him as one of the top three among all 2,000 U.S. sell-side analysts.

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Hongjun Yan, Chair

Professor Hongjun Yan is the Driehaus Chair for Behavioral Finance. His research efforts in behavioral finance are internationally recognized. He came to DePaul in 2016 from Yale University.

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History and Mission

In 2002, the Driehaus College of Business (then called the College of Commerce) received a gift from the Richard H. Driehaus Trust to establish The Richard H. Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance. The mission of the center is to promote meaningful research in financial decision-making, especially its human aspect; to offer advanced courses in behavioral finance at the graduate and executive levels; and to provide a forum for scholars who explore what constitutes true wisdom in financial decision-making, and to make resources available for all those interested in "people and money."