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To best support its academic and research programs, Princeton BCF operates several ongoing initiatives.

The Princeton Initiative

Since 2010, this annual summer program has brought together second-year Ph.D students from around the country to study macroeconomic, monetary, and international models with financial frictions and/or non-standard expectations. Faculty around the world are encouraged to nominate exceptional students who plan to write their dissertations at the intersection of macroeconomics, and international finance.

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Financial Economics of Insurance

This annual workshop, organized by Princeton Professor Motohiro Yogo and Chicago Booth Professor Ralph S.J. Koijen, supports graduate student training and research at the intersection of finance and insurance, with a special focus on the variable annuities market. Topics include risks in the insurance sector, pricing of insurance liabilities, reinsurance, and asset management.

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The Princeton BCF China Initiative

Organized by Princeton Professor Wei Xiong, Hugh Leander, and Mary Trumbull Adams, the Princeton BCF China Initiative aims to promote a better understanding of the Chinese economy and its financial system by facilitating collaboration among faculty and students in Princeton and China.

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The FinTech@Princeton initiative was launched in April 2017 at a conference that explored the financial sector of the future. Since then, the initiative has hosted a series of talks in Princeton and New York City by industry leaders.


The Euronomics project brought together ten European economists to systematically identify and propose remedies for the weaknesses of the Euro area design that contributed to the 2010–13 Euro crisis. A key proposal that resulted from this work was the proposal for a European safe bond and tubed ESBIEs.

The Trinity of Stability

The Trinity of Stability Research Network brings together researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Bundesbank, the Swedish Riksbank, and the Bank of Canada to study the interactions among monetary, financial, and fiscal stabilization policies.