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Knowledge@Wharton: September 11, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Thorvaldur Gylfason (Professor of Economics, University of Iceland), Benjamin Keys (Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate; Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, The Wharton School), Erik Jones (Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University), Philip Nichols (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Peter Conti-Brown (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania), David Zaring (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Susan Wachter, and Joao Gomes (Professor of Finance, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, September 11, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Thorvaldur Gylfason and Philip Nichols

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Thorvaldur Gylfason, Philip Nichols

Joao Gomes and Erik Jones

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Erik Jones, Joao Gomes

Peter Conti-Brown and David Zaring

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Peter Conti-Brown, David Zaring

Susan Wachter and Benjamin Keys

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Benjamin Keys, Susan Wachter

Featured Guests

Thorvaldur Gylfason

Professor of Economics, University of Iceland

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Thorvaldur Gylfason is Professor of Economics at the University of Iceland and Research Fellow at CESifo (Center for Economic Studies) at the University of Munich. A Princeton Ph.D., he has worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., taught at Princeton, edited the European Economic Review, consulted for international organizations, and published some 200 scholarly articles and 20 books as well as 900 newspaper articles. Gylfason has also published some 100 songs for voice, piano, and other instruments as well as mixed choir. He was one of 25 representatives in Iceland‘s Constitutional Council in session from April 1 to July 29 2011, elected by the nation and appointed by parliament to revise Iceland’s constitution.

 

Personal Site- https://notendur.hi.is/gylfason/inenglish.htm
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Benjamin Keys

Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate; Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, The Wharton School

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Ben Keys studies issues related to household finance, mortgage finance, real estate, applied econometrics, labor economics, and urban economics. Prior to joining the faculty of the Wharton School Department of Real Estate, Keys was an Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy at the University of Chicago. Previously, he worked as a staff economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the Division of Research and Statistics. His recent research has focused on subprime mortgages, credit cards, personal bankruptcy, student loans, the unbanked, and alternative financial services.

Keys serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Financial Studies and Management Science. In 2015, he was named a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 2016 was named a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Keys is a member of the Academic Research Council of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

His publication, “Did Securitization Lead to Lax Screening? Evidence from Subprime Loans,” was published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, awarded Best Paper at the Mitsui Conference on Credit Risk, Citigroup Best Paper Award at the Centre for Analytical Finance Summer Research Conference, and EuroBank Best Paper Award at the European Finance Association Conference. He was the recipient of the 2009 American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association Dissertation Award, and received honorable mention for the 2009 Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award. In 2014, his paper “Failure to Refinance” received the CoreLogic Academic Research Council (CLARC) Excellence Award. His work has been profiled in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post, among other publications.

Keys holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Before graduate school, he worked at the Brookings Institution as a senior research assistant.

Education

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Michigan, 2009.

M.A. in Economics, University of Michigan, 2005.

B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Swarthmore College, 2001.

National Bureau of Economic Research – http://www.nber.org/
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Erik Jones

Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University

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Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies Journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years.

Twitter – @Erik_Jones_SAIS
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Philip Nichols

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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Education

JD, Duke University, 1988; LLM, Duke University, 1988; AB, Harvard University, 1982

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

Fulbright Fellowship; Hoeber Award (best article), 2011; Ralph J. Bunche Award (best international paper), 2002; Lindback Award, 2000; David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1996; Excellence in Teaching Award (Undergraduate Division), 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012, 2013; Rappaport Core Teaching Award 2004, 2009; Intergreek Council Award for Outstanding Professor, 1996; Huntsman Program Senior Teaching Award, 2013

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1992-present. Visiting Appointments: National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India; Korea University, Seoul, South Korea; Singapore Management University

Other Positions

President, Academy of Legal Studies in Business; Co-Chair, Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group, American Society of International Law

Judicial Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1988-89

Reviewer, American Business Law Journal

Past Co-Chair, United Nations Committee on Electronic Commerce and Trade Facilitation Law Group (Geneve, Switzerland); Past Co-Chair, International Economic Law Group, American Society of International Law

Twitter – @PrPhilNichols | @Wharton
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Peter Conti-Brown

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

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Peter Conti-Brown is an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A financial historian and a legal scholar, Conti-Brown studies central banking, financial regulation, and public finance, with a particular focus on the history and policies of the US Federal Reserve System. He is author of the book The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve (Princeton University Press 2016), the editor of two other books, and author or co-author of a dozen articles on central banking, financial regulation, and bank corporate governance. He has been widely quoted in print and online media on central banking and has testified before the US Senate Banking Committee on reforming the Federal Reserve. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Stanford Law School, and Princeton University’s Department of History. He is currently at work on a single-volume, comprehensive history of the US Federal Reserve.

Education

PhD, Princeton University (History, subfields in financial and political history)

JD, Stanford Law School

AB, Harvard College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Twitter – @PeterContiBrown
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David Zaring

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton

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Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 2008-present. Previous appointment: Washington & Lee School of Law

Other Prior Positions

Attorney, United States Department of Justice

Education:

JD, Harvard University (Law School)

BA, Swarthmore College
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Susan Wachter

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Professor Susan M. Wachter is the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Director for the Wharton GeoSpatial Initiative and Lab, and the co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. She also co-directs Penn’s Spatial Integration Laboratory for Urban Systems As an economist, she is frequently sought for comment on real estate market trends in well known media outlets. She has previously served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, among other leadership roles.
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Joao Gomes

Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

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Joao F. Gomes is the Howard Butcher III, Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in the areas of macroeconomics and financial markets and has taught several courses on these subjects to undergraduate, MBA and doctoral students.

Professor Gomes first joined the Wharton School in 1997 where he was previously the James Campbell Jr. Associate Professor of Finance. Most recently he was a Visiting Professor of Finance at the London Business School. In addition, Professor Gomes has visited several other universities and research centers, including the University of British Columbia in Canada, the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, and the US Federal Reserve System. He has also served as an economic advisor to the Ministry of Industry of Portugal.

His recent research covers the impact of financial markets and various macroeconomic policies on corporate investment and financing decisions of firms. He has also examined the role of financial leverage in determining the cost of capital, the causes of performance variation across asset classes, and the quantitative importance of financial market imperfections on corporate decisions and economic cycles.

Professor Gomes’ research has been presented and discussed at major academic conferences and seminar series around the world and is published in the top academic journals in both economics and finance. He has won several awards including the Smith Breeden Prize for Best Asset Pricing Paper published in the Journal of Finance, with a study on the links between leverage and returns, and was nominated for the Brattle Prize for Best Corporate Finance Paper in the same journal, with earlier work on the performance of conglomerates.

Professor Gomes earned his bachelors degree from the New University of Lisbon in 1991. He earned a Masters, and later a Doctorate, in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Twitter – @ProfJoaoGomes ?
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