The Bendheim Center for Finance was established in 1997 to encourage interdisciplinary research in finance, primarily from a quantitative or mathematical perspective. The research activities of the center are directed toward the study of financial markets and asset prices, the financial structure of firms, commercial banks and other financial intermediaries, and the linkages between finance and other substantive areas, such as economic policy and economic growth. The center supports research activities of faculty members and students and maintains a financial database. Members of the staff are available for consultation on research projects. Yacine Ait-Sahalia serves as the center director.