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Robert Chirinko

Professor, Finance



2333 University Hall

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1262


Robert S. Chirinko received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1982.  His research examines business behavior with a focus on financial markets, capital formation, corporate governance and finance, macroeconomics, and tax policy.  He has held faculty positions at Cornell University (1982-1985) and the University of Chicago (1985-1992) and full-time visiting positions at Stanford University (1984-1985), the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1992-1993), and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (1993-1994).  Prior to coming to the University of Illinois at Chicago, he was on the faculty of Emory University from 1994-2007, where he was the Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Social Sciences.  He is currently a professor in the Finance Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a research fellow at the Center for Economic Studies (Munich), an honorary professor at Deakin University, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Booth School of Business (University of Chicago), Canadian Department of Finance, the Canadian Embassy, Industry Canada, the Dutch National Bank, the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the German Bundesbank, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Kauffman Foundation/Georgia Research Alliance, the Prudential Foundation, and the Upjohn Foundation.  He has received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (shared with L. Summers) from the National Tax Association and the James L. Barr Memorial Award in Public Economics and the Vernon Award both from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.  He was a Houblon-Norman/George Senior Fellow at the Bank of England (2006), a Visiting Professor at the University of Munich (1992), a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute (2008), a Visiting Professor at Deakin University (2012, 2015, 2017), a DAAD Visiting Researcher at Goethe University (2013), a Visiting Professor at the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), and a Visiting Researcher at the Booth School of Business (2018).

Selected Publications

“Tax Competition among U.S. States: Racing to the Bottom or Riding on a Seesaw?” (with Daniel J. Wilson), Journal of Public Economics 155 (November 2017), 147-163. (working paper version available here.)