Alp Simsek’s academic interests are centered in macroeconomics and finance, and extend into international and behavioral finance. His research focuses on the connections between financial markets and the macroeconomy, with an emphasis on understanding the fluctuations driven by beliefs and speculation. He has published extensively in top economics and finance journals, and his work has been featured in news outlets such as Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. He has been awarded several prizes in research and teaching, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Brattle Prize for the distinguished paper in corporate finance, the Western Financial Association NASDAQ award for the best paper in asset pricing, and the best undergraduate and graduate teacher awards at the MIT economics department.
Before joining Yale, Alp Simsek was an Associate Professor of Economics at MIT, and previously, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is also a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the Center for Economic Policy and Research. Simsek earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science from MIT in 2004, a masters of engineering degree from MIT in 2005, and a PhD in economics from MIT in 2010.