Professorin Elena Loutskina, Ph.D.

Professorin Elena Loutskina, Ph.D.
Aktuelle Position

seit 1/21

Research Fellow der Abteilung Finanzmärkte

Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH)

seit 1/06


University of Virginia


  • Finanzintermediation

Elena Loutskina ist seit Januar 2021 Research Fellow am IWH. Ihr Forschungsinteresse liegt im Bereich Finanzintermediation. Sie verwendet empirische Methoden, um beispielsweise die Finanzierungsbeschränkungen kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen, die systemische Widerstandsfähigkeit von Banken oder die Rolle der Immobilienfinanzierung für Unternehmen, Haushalte und Banken zu untersuchen.

Elena Loutskina ist seit 2006 Professorin an der Darden Graduate School of Business Administration der University of Virginia. Sie hat den Vorsitz der Zweihundertjährigen Stiftung von Peter M. Grant II inne und ist Fellow des Wharton Financial Institutions Center. 2019 erhielt sie den renommierten Distinguished Professor Award der UVA Alumni Association. Zuvor unterrichtete Elena Loutskina an der Carroll School of Management am Boston College, wo sie den Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award erhielt.

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Drilling and Debt

Erik P. Gilje Elena Loutskina Daniel Murphy

in: Journal of Finance, Nr. 3, 2020


This paper documents a previously unrecognized debt‐related investment distortion. Using detailed project‐level data for 69 firms in the oil and gas industry, we find that highly levered firms pull forward investment, completing projects early at the expense of long‐run project returns and project value. This behavior is particularly pronounced prior to debt renegotiations. We test several channels that could explain this behavior and find evidence consistent with equity holders sacrificing long‐run project returns to enhance collateral values and, by extension, mitigate lending frictions at debt renegotiations.

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Stress Tests and Small Business Lending

Kristle R. Cortés Yuliya Demyanyk Lei Li Elena Loutskina Philip E. Strahan

in: Journal of Financial Economics, Nr. 1, 2020


Post-crisis stress tests have altered banks’ credit supply to small business. Banks most affected by stress tests reallocate credit away from riskier markets and toward safer ones. They also raise interest rates on small loans. Quantities fall most in high-risk markets where stress-tested banks own no branches, and prices rise mainly where they do. The results suggest that banks price the stress-test induced increase in capital requirements where they have local knowledge, and exit where they do not. Stress tests do not, however, reduce aggregate credit. Small banks seem to increase their share in geographies formerly reliant on stress-tested lenders.

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Fiscal Stimulus and Consumer Debt

Yuliya Demyanyk Elena Loutskina Daniel Murphy

in: Review of Economics and Statistics, Nr. 4, 2019


In the aftermath of the consumer debt–induced recession, policymakers have questioned whether fiscal stimulus is effective during periods of high consumer indebtedness. This study empirically investigates this question. Using detailed data on Department of Defense spending for the 2007–2009 period, we document that the open-economy relative fiscal multiplier is higher in geographies with higher consumer debt. The results suggest that in the short term (2007–2009), fiscal policy can mitigate the adverse effect of consumer (over)leverage on real economic output during a recession. We then exploit detailed microdata to show that both heterogeneous marginal propensities to consume and slack-driven economic mechanisms contribute to the debt-dependent multiplier.

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Labor Market Polarization and Student Debt

Sanket Korgaonkar Elena Loutskina Constantine Yannelis

in: SSRN Working Paper, 2024


This paper uses a new empirical design to explore how labor market polarization affects individuals’ incentive to pursue education funded on the margin by student debt. We argue that the labor market polarization–where automation replaces mid-skill and mid-education-level job–changes the marginal benefits of education and training and sharpens incentives to incur student debt. We advance a new measure of labor market polarizations that allows to capture the heterogeneity of this phenomena across geographies and time. Using this measure, we find that U.S. CBSAs that experience deeper labor market polarization see an increase in student debt balances and in the number of people pursuing student debt. On average, the decline in middle-skill jobs and wages has little effect on individuals’ ability to pay down existing student debt. The effects are most pronounced in ZIP codes with lower average credit scores, lower incomes, and higher share of the minority population.

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