Christopher Yenkey studies the construction of nascent financial markets in developing economies, modeling processes of new investor recruitment into emerging stock exchanges, behavioral differences between inexperienced investors and their institutional counterparts, and the effects of fraud and price volatility on continued participation in the market. His research extends and applies institutional theory, diffusion analysis, organizational theory, and theories of trust in market exchange from sociology to this set of interdisciplinary research questions.
Yenkey’s research received several awards in 2011, including the William H. Newman Award from the Academy of Management, the Louis R. Pondy Best Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, and the Ronald S. Burt Outstanding Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Economic Sociology.
While earning his PhD in sociology at Cornell University, Yenkey conducted extensive fieldwork from 2007 to 2010 at the Nairobi Stock Exchange in Kenya and the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange in Tanzania. He also was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Economic Affairs in Nairobi.
Yenkey joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.