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Nancy Xu

Assistant Professor




Nancy Xu is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Her primary research interests are asset pricing and financial econometrics. Her current work focuses on the identification of the dynamics of risk aversion (price of risk) and economic uncertainties (amount of risk) and their effects on both domestic and international asset markets. She developed a risk aversion index that is consistent with economic models and can be extracted from high frequency financial information. This research has been covered by academic and research-based policy analysis and commentaries (e.g., VOX). She received her Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia Business School and B.S. in Statistics from University of Washington. She is also a consultant for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. 



  • INQUIRE Europe research grant 2020

Selected Appointments and Awards

  • 2022-2023: Boston College Kelley Research Grant, "Fiscal Policy Expectation"
  • 2021 Spring: Carroll School of Management, Teaching Star
  • 2019: Semifinalist, 2019 FMA Global Conference Best Paper Awards
  • 2018: Global Association of Research Professionals Research Excellence Award, CIRF
  • 2018-19: Boston College Research Expense Grant, “Mood Propagation”
  • 2017: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Summer PhD Dissertation Internship
  • 2015-2016: Werner L. and Adriana Chilton Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia Business School
  • 2015: 28th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2nd best paper at the Ph.D. Forum
  • 2012-2016: Columbia Business School Doctoral Full Fellowship