Mehran Ebrahimian

Mehran Ebrahimian

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2437 Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: finance and inequality


“Student Loans and Social Mobility”, job market paper.

“Risk to Human Capital”, with Jessica A. Wachter, working paper.

“Financial Intermediation and Income Distribution”, working paper.

  • Mehran Ebrahimian and Jessica Wachter (Working), Risks to Human Capital.

    Abstract: What is the connection between financing constraints and the equity premium? To answer this question, we build a model with inalienable human capital, in which investors decide to finance individuals who can potentially become skilled. Though investment in skill is always optimal, it does not take place in some states of the world, due to moral hazard. In other states of the world, individuals acquire skill; however outside investors and individuals inefficiently share risk. We show that this simple moral hazard problem and the resultant financing friction leads to a realistic equity premium, a low risk riskfree rate, and severe negative consequences for distribution of wealth and for welfare. When investment fails to take place, the economy enters an endogenous disaster state. We show that the possibility of these disaster states distorts risk prices, even under calibrations in which they never occur in equilibrium.

Awards and Honors

  • Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd Graduate Fellowship in Finance, The Wharton School, 2016-2017
  • The Doctoral Program Fellowship, The Wharton School, 2015-2020
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Fellowship, Sharif University of Technology, 2008-2014
  • Bronze Medal, 39th International Physics Olympiad, Hanoi, Vietnam, July 2008