Ivan Petkov received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston College in 2016. His research interests focus on macroeconomics, finance, monetary economics, banking, and economic growth. In his dissertation he studied whether the allocation of bank credit to small businesses at distinct branches responds to liquidity increases or rise in asset prices. In a separate stream of research he also examined whether differences in cultural and institutional endowments of ancestries in U.S. counties affect economic performance. He has also studied the process of cultural assimilation of immigrants in the U.S.