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James Choi

James Choi

Professor of Finance

James Choi is Professor of Finance at the Yale School of Management. His primary research is in household finance and behavioral finance; his work on automatic enrollment has led to changes in pension plan design around the world. He has also published research on the effects of social identity and how to use psychology to increase preventive health behaviors.

Professor Choi is a two-time recipient of the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security. He is a Co-Director of the Retirement and Disability Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor at the Journal of Finance, a member of the American Finance Association’s Ethics Committee, and a TIAA Institute Fellow. He has served on the FINRA Investor Issues Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and an A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard University.


  • PhD, Harvard University, 2005
  • AB, Harvard University, 1998


Working Papers


  • TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award, 2018 (with J. Beshears, D. Laibson, and B.C. Madrian), 2011 (with D. Laibson and B.C. Madrian)
  • 40 Under 40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors, Poets & Quants, 2016
  • NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Aging and Health Economics, 2003-2005
  • Harvey Fellow, Mustard Seed Foundation, 2003-2005
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2000-2003
  • Hoopes Prize for excellence in Harvard undergraduate research, 1998
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 1998