Benjamin Keys studies issues related to labor economics, urban economics, and consumer finance. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, he worked as a staff economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the Division of Research and Statistics. His recent research has focused on subprime mortgages, personal bankruptcy, student loans, the unbanked, and alternative financial services.
His recent publication “Did Securitization Lead to Lax Screening? Evidence from Subprime Loans” was awarded Best Paper at the Mitsui Conference on Credit Risk, Citigroup Best Paper Award at the Centre for Analytical Finance Summer Research Conference, and EuroBank Best Paper Award at the European Finance Association Conference, and was the recipient of a BSI Gamma Foundation Grant, “The Credit Crisis: Causes, Effects, and Lessons.”
Keys holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Before graduate school, he worked at the Brookings Institution as a senior research assistant.
Keys joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.