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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:

The Center for Financial Services

The Center for Financial Services​ 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."

Faculty Research

During the academic year, the Faculty of the Department of Finance meet frequently to exchange ideas, discuss working papers, and collaborate with guest speakers. The two most common Seminar Series the Finance Department hosts are the Department's Brown Bag Seminar Series and the DePaul University and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Seminar Series.

Department of Finance Brown Bag Seminar Series

Focused on presentations of current work by our Finance Faculty, each brown bag seminar will take place at DePaul University (1 E Jackson Blvd) in room 5554 on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. ​

DePaul University Guest Speaker Seminar Series

Each seminar will take place at DePaul University (1 E Jackson Blvd) in room 5554 on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m., and faculty are encouraged to meet with the speaker in one-on-one meetings at lunch or dinner. ​

10th Anniversary Celebration 

10th anniversary dinner

In 2016, the Center for Financial Services and the Arditti Center for Risk Management celebrated a decade of excellence with a week of events. We want to thank of all our sponsors, board members, member institutions, students, and faculty for making the celebration a week to remember.

You can find photos of the week's events in our photo gallery, courtesy of photographer Kathy Hillegonds:

Contact Information: 

Professor Elijah Brewer
Chair, Department of Finance
Phone: (312) 362-5151