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The Research Institute

The Research Institute at DePaul University's Department of Finance is committed to bridging the gap between academia and the industry through a rigorous research agenda, establishing strong relationships with industry partners, hosting numerous conferences, and fostering the very best efforts of our engaged faculty.

Three Centers of Excellence

The Research Institute is largely composed of three distinct centers of excellence, each pursuing a separate field of financial research and engagement:

John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services

The John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services s hosts annual conferences and programs with leading financial institutions, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (through an annual Risk Conference), PNC (through an annual Executive Forum speaker series), and LPL Financial (with a recurring Wealth Management Conference). In addition, the Center hosts numerous other programs, with topics covering sustainable business, socially responsible investing, and truth in accounting. Complementing these conferences is a graduate degree program in Wealth Management; the only of its kind and designed for industry professionals committed to the growing field.

The Arditti Center for Risk Management

The Arditti Center​ was established to honor the lifetime achievements of Dr. Fred Arditti, and to continue his legacy of practical research and engagement with all things Risk — strategic, financial and operational. The Center's mission is to promote excellence in the education, research and practice of Risk Management. The Center hosts numerous conferences and partnerships; in addition, it is launching two degree programs: an MS in Enterprise Risk Management and a BS degree in Actuarial Sciences.

The Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance

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 in 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."