September 23,
Isil Erel
The Ohio State     
"Multinational Firms and the International Transmission of Financial Crises: The Real Economy Channel" Bartley
1:30 p.m.
October 28,
Pedro Matos
University of Virginia
"Asset Management within Commercial Banking Groups: International Evidence" Bartley
1:30 p.m.
Zhi Da
University of Notre Dame
Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds Bartley
1:30 p.m.


January 27, 2017 Vikas Agarwal
Georgia State University

What are the Actual Effects of Cash Holdings? Evidence from the Mutual Fund Industry”  


1:30 p.m.
February 3, 2017 Anne Beatty
The Ohio State University
Joint Seminar w/
Accounting Dept
1:30 p.m.
February 24, 2017

Charles Calomiris
Columbia University
How News and Its Context Drive Risk and ReturnsAround the World Bartley
1:30 p.m
March 31,
Anjan Thakor
Washington University in St. Louis
Household Debt and Unemployment Bartley
1:30 p.m.
April 21, 2017

Ayan Bhattacharya Assistant Professor of Finance, Baruch College Can ETFs Increase Market Fragility? Effect of Information Linkages in ETF Markets Bartley
1:30 p.m.





September 16, 2016 Paul Hanouna Political Contributions and the Price of Credit Risk: Evidence from Credit Default Swaps

Faculty Board Room


1:30 p.m.


Isil Erel

Michael Weisbach

Isil Erel, professor of finance and the academic director of the Risk Institute at the OSU Fisher College of Business, holds a PhD in financial economics from MIT Sloan School of Management. She received her Bachelor of Arts in economics and business administration from Koc University, Turkey. Isil’s research spans a variety of areas within corporate finance, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and banking. This research has been published in top finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. Isil teaches Financial Institutions in both MBA and undergraduate programs at Fisher.


Anjan Thaktor

Laura Starks

Prior to joining the Olin Business School in 2003, Professor Anjan Thakor was The Edward J. Frey Professor of Banking and Finance at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he also served as chairman of the Finance area. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, Northwestern University, and UCLA. Anjan has worked with many companies, including Whirlpool Corporation, Allision Engine Co., Citigroup, RR Donnelley, Dana Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, Zenith Corporation, Lincoln National Corporation, J.P. Morgan, Landscape Structures, Inc., CIGNA, Borg-Warner Automative, Waxman Industries, Reuters, The Limited, Ryder Integrated Logistics, AT&T, CH2M Hill, Takata Corporation, Tyson Foods, Spartech, and Bunge. He has also served as an expert witness in many federal cases involving banking litigation.


Pedro Matos

Crocker Liu

Pedro Matos is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. His research focuses on international corporate governance and the growing importance of institutional investors in financial markets worldwide. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. It has been featured also in the press, including in The Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune and Forbes. His work has received numerous research grants and awards, including the Wells Fargo Award for Outstanding Research Publication and the Darden Multiyear Publications Award. He is a Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).

At Darden, Pedro has published numerous case studies and won the Wells Fargo Award for Excellence in Course Material Development. He previously taught at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business where he received a Golden Apple teaching award. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Nova University in Lisbon (Portugal) and a Ph.D. in Finance from INSEAD in Fontainebleau (France). Prior to his Ph.D., he worked with the Portuguese Ministry of Finance and consulted for the World Bank.


Zhi Da

Allen Berger

Zhi Da is a Professor of Finance in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Zhi’s current research focuses on the drivers of asset returns in both short-term (liquidity shock, investor sentiment, limited attention, etc.) and long-term (cash flow and discount rate news).  His articles have been published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Finance. Dr. Da has served on the editorial board of Finance Research Letters, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.


Vikas Agarwal

Viral Acharya

Vikas Agarwal is the H. Talmage Dobbs, Jr. Chair and Professor of Finance in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State Univeristy.  Vikas’ current research interests include portfolio management, institutional investors, hedge funds, mutual funds, performance evaluation, and capital markets.  His articles have been published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Finance. Dr. Agarwal’s research has also been cited in several media publications, including the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.


Anne Beatty

David Becher

Anne Beatty’s research focuses on the economic effects of accounting. She is especially interested in the importance of accounting in debt contracting and in bank capital regulation. She serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting & Economics and as a member of the Editorial Boards of The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.


She is the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Industry Center Fellowship and a member of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. She has served as the president of the American Accounting Association Financial Reporting Section and is a recipient of their Dissertation Supervision award. Doctoral students for whom she has served as thesis chair hold faculty positions at MIT, Harvard, Southern Methodist University, the University of Toronto, Penn State, Grand Valley State and the Ohio State University.


Charles Calomiris

Brent Ambrose

Charles W. Calomiris is Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School, Director of the Business School’s Program for Financial Studies and its Initiative on Finance and Growth in Emerging Markets, and a professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research spans the areas of banking, corporate finance, financial history and monetary economics. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee and the Financial Economists Roundtable, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Charles is past president of the International Atlantic Economic Society, and has served on numerous committees, including the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board, the U.S. Congress’s International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, and the Federal Reserve System’s Centennial Advisory Committee. He serves as co-managing editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation. He received a B.A. in economics from Yale University, Magna Cum Laude, a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Charles holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel. He is the recipient of numerous awards and research grants. His most recent book (with Stephen Haber), Fragile By Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (Princeton 2014), received the American Publishers 2015 Award for the best book in Business, Finance and Management, was named one of the Best Economics Books of 2014 by the Financial Times, and one of the Best Books of 2014 by The Times Higher Education Supplement and by Bloomberg Businessweek.


Ayan Bhattacharya


Ayan’s research focus is financial economics, especially financial market structure and design. Ayan finished his PhD in Finance at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management in 2016. Before Cornell, Ayan was at Stanford University, pursuing his MS in Applied Math. Prior to that, he worked as a structured products trader at the proprietary trading desk of Kotak Securities, a joint venture between Goldman Sachs and India's Kotak Financial group. Ayan has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science & Information Technology from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

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