Efraim Benmelech is the Henry Bullock Professor of Finance and Real Estate, the Director of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research and the Crown family Israel Center for Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Benmelech’s research interests are in the field of credit markets where he studies financial contracting, financial crises, securitization, bankruptcy and financial distress. He also writes extensively on the economics of terrorism and economic history.

Professor Benmelech’s research on financial distress, the financial crisis and on terrorism have received wide media coverage in outlets such as Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Economist and USA TODAY. Benmelech received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2005.