Yueran Ma’s main research interest is empirical studies at the intersection of finance and macroeconomics. Her work covers topics including low interest rates and financial markets, debt contracts and macroeconomic implications, non-financial firms and financial frictions, and expectations in finance and macroeconomics. Her research often draws on insights from behavioral economics and applies such new approaches as simple randomized experiments. She has also worked on questions in real estate and urban economics.
Her research has been published in the Review of Financial Studies (forthcoming), the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) Macroeconomics Annual, the Journal of Urban Economics, and Human Capital in History: The American Record (NBER Conference Report, 2014).
She received a BA (summa cum laude) in applied mathematics and a PhD in business economics from Harvard University, where she was honored with the AQR Top Finance Graduate Award and the Padma Desai Prize in Economic Science.