Conference Videos

The Center for the Study of Financial Regulation previously hosted events in May 2010 and April 2009 that brought together regulators from the SEC, academics and industry economists to discuss topics including the sub-prime mortgage market, short selling, CEO pay and credit rating agencies.

The "Conference on the Future of Securities Regulation" featured speakers James Overdahl, chief economist for the SEC, and Chester Spatt, chief economist for the SEC from 2004-2007.

2015 Conference

Remarks by SEC Chief Economist Mark Flannery

High Frequency Market Making to Large Institutional Trades by Robert Korajczyk

Panel Discussion on High Frequency Trading

"A Solution to the Palm - 3Com spinoff puzzles" by Chester Spatt

The Stability of Money Market Mutual Funds: The Effect of the 2010 Amendments to Rule 2A-7 by Russ Wermers

Systemic Risk and the Macroeconomy: An Empirical Evaluation by Bryan Kelly

Remarks by Michael Piwowar Commissioner, SEC

Funding and Incentives of Regulators: Evidence from Banking by Roni Kisin

2012 Conference

2012 FRC Remarks by Elisse Walters  

2012 FRC Remarks by Richard Baker  

2012 FRC Pension Fund Asset Allocation  

FRC High Frequency Trading by Terrence Hendershott  

2012 FRC Remarks by Burt Porter  

Informational Linkages by Sugata Ray  

FRC Hidden Liquidity by Gideon Saar  

FRC Exposing The Exposed by Or Shachar  

FRC Measurement And Policy Formulation by Chester Spatt  

Runs on Money Market Mutual Funds by Russell Wermer  

Panel Discussion: High Frequency Trading

by Amy Edwards from SEC - Moderator,

by Joe Gawronski from Rosenblatt Securities - Panelist,

by Richard Gorelick from RGM Advisors - Panelist,

by Peter Nabicht from Allston - Panelist

by James Overdahl from NERA - Panelist

by Dean Payton from CME Group - Panelist

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2011 Conference

2011 FRC Remarks by William O'Brien

Diving into Dark Pools by Ingrid Werner

Panel Discussion: High Frequency Trading

by Jonathan Brogaard from Northwestern University - Moderator,
by Amy Edwards from SEC - Panelist,
by Adam Nunes from Hudson River Trading - Panelist,
by Jamie Selway from ITG - Panelist

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Flow Toxicity and Volatility in a High Frequency World by David Easley

Skin in the Game versus Skimming the Game: Governance, Share Restrictions, and Insider Flows by Ronnie Sadka

Opacity, Credit Rating Shopping and Bias by Chester Spatt

Do Rating Agencies Cater? Evidence from Rating-Based Contracts by Pepa Kraft

Caught in the Act: How Hedge Funds Manipulate their Equity Positions by Gjergji Cici

Uncovering Hedge Fund Skill from the Portfolio Holdings They Hide by Baozhong Yang

2010 Conference

The Importance of Monitoring and Mitigating the Safety-Net. Consequences of Regulation-Induced Innovation.

by Ed Kane from Boston College

Ed Kane received his BS degree from Georgetown University and his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he occupied the Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics at Ohio State University for 20 years. Kane is a Past President and fellow of the American Finance Association, a former Guggenheim fellow, and a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves on the editorial boards of seven professional journals, currently consults for the World Bank, and is a Senior Fellow in the FDIC's Center for Financial Research.

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Jean Helwege discusses Ed Kane's paper

Jean Helwege received her Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA and currently holds the J. Henry Fellers Professorship of Business Administration at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Finance Department in 2010, Professor Helwege held academic positions at Penn State, the University of Arizona, and Ohio State University. Additionally, she worked as an economist in the Federal Reserve System from 1988-1998.

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Contingent Capital with a Dual Price Trigger

by Robert McDonald from Northwestern University

Robert McDonald is a Professor of Finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He received a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. A faculty member since 1984, he has also served as department chair. He has taught courses in derivatives, corporate finance, and taxation. His research interests include corporate finance, taxation, derivatives, and applications of option pricing theory to corporate investments. In 2010 he was elected a Director of the American Finance Association.

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Jennifer Westberg from the SEC discusses Robert McDonald's paper.

Jennifer Westberg joined the SEC in August 2006 as a visiting academic scholar. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Iowa. Before joining the Commission, Dr. Westberg served on the faculty of Michigan State University. Her research focuses on initial public offerings, with particular regard to the effect of the media on IPO returns and volatility. She also studies how potential conflicts of interest at universal banks could affect their underwriting and fund trading strategies. While at the Commission, Dr. Westberg works on various issues related to security offerings.

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Incentives and Tranche Retention in Securitization.

by Ingo Fender from the Bank of International Settlements

Ingo Fender is a Special Adviser in the Monetary and Economic Department of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel. Before taking up his current assignment, he held various positions as Economist and Senior Economist within the BIS, including in the secretariat of the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS), and in the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC. His research interests are focused on monetary, financial market and financial stability issues, specifically in the area of structured finance and securitization markets.

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Stanislava Nikolova from the SEC discusses Ingo Fender's paper

Stanislava Nikolova joined the Office of Economic Analysis at the SEC in August 2008 as a visiting academic scholar. Dr. Nikolova is currently on leave from George Mason University, where she is an assistant professor in Finance. Her research focuses on the management and regulation of financial institutions, fixed-income securities, and credit-risk assessment. She received her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Florida.

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Economics and Securities Regulation

by Chester Spatt from Carnegie Mellon

Chester Spatt is the Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance at Carnegie Mellon University. He was Chief Economist of the SEC from 2004-2007. He served as President of the Western Finance Association in 1995-1996, and President of the Society for Financial Studies from 1993 to 1996. Professor Spatt was a member of the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board and served as Chair in 2002. He was Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies from 1990-1993.

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Mutualization of Default Risk.

by Craig Pirrong from the University of Houston

Craig Pirrong holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty of the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston as Professor of Finance and the Energy Markets Director for Global Energy Management Institute in January, 2003. Professor Pirrong's research focuses on the economics of commodity markets, the relation between market fundamentals and commodity price dynamics, and the implications of this relation for the pricing of commodity derivatives. His recent research is concentrated on the power markets.

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Larry Wall from the Atlanta Fed. discusses Craig Pirrong's paper.

Larry Wall is a financial economist and policy adviser in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Prior to joining the Fed., he taught at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. A certified public accountant, Dr. Wall earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, as well as a doctorate degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Credit default Swaps and the Empty Creditor Problem.

by Martin Oehmke from Columbia University

Martin Oehmke received his BA from Oxford in 2002 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2009. He currently teaches Capital Markets and Investments at Columbia Business School. Professor Oehmke's research interests are in financial economics, asset pricing, and financial intermediation. He is particularly interested in modeling the impact of liquidity frictions and institutional frictions on financial markets.

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Craig Brown discusses Martin Oehmke's paper.

Craig Brown is an assistant professor of finance at Baruch College, City University of New York. He received his doctorate of philosophy in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he began his teaching career. His fields of study are corporate finance, financial intermediation, international finance, and political economy.

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Securitization without Risk Transfer.

by Philipp Schnabl from NYU

Philipp Schnabl received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Finance in August 2008. Professor Schnabl's main research interests are corporate finance, financial intermediation, and banking. His most recent work examines the transmission of credit supply shocks from developed countries to emerging markets and the impact of credit supply shocks on access to finance, investment and economic growth.

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Jerry Dwyer from the Atlanta Fed. discusses Schnabl's paper.

Jerry Dwyer is an economist, who currently is Director of the Center for Financial Innovation and Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Carlos III in Madrid, where he has been teaching a special-topics course for Ph.D. business students since 2005. His recent research interests include banking and financial markets, more generally than when they perform badly, economic growth and financial development, and the digital revolution.

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2009 Conference 

The Credit Crisis: Perspectives from an Academic and Practitioner

by Maureen O'Hara, Robert Purcell Professor of Management at the Johnson School of Cornell University

Maureen O'Hara is the Robert Purcell Professor of Management at the Johnson School of Cornell University. She has served as president of the American Finance Association and Executive editor of the Review of Financial Studies. She is chairman of the board of Investment technology Group (ITG) and is a former chairman of the board of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and of the book Market Microstructure Theory.

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Corporate Governance

by Steven Kaplan, Co-Dean of the Kauffman Fellows Program and is the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Steve Kaplan is currently the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth Graduate School of Business. He sits on the board of directors of Columbia Acorn Funds and Morningstar and is a member of the investment advisory board of Sterling Capital Partners. Professor Kaplan was named one of the top 12 business school teachers in the U.S. by Business Week in 1994. He has published numerous scholarly articles and has served as an associate editor of several academic journals.

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Conversation during Dinner at LaSalle Grill with Erik Sirri, Director, SEC Division of Trading and Markets

Erik Sirri is Director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the SEC. In this role, he is responsible to the commission for the administration of all matters relating to the regulation of stock and options exchanges, national securities associations, brokers, dealers, clearing agencies, and credit rating agencies. He is on leave from Babson College where he is Professor of Finance. He has previously served as chief economist of the SEC. He has served as Governor of the Boston Stock Exchange and a member of the regulatory board of the Boston Options Exchange.

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Securities Law, Disclosure, and National Capital Markets

by Rene Stulz, Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics, Professor of Finance, Ohio State University; Director, Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics

Rene Stulz hold the Everett Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics at the Ohio State University. He is past president of the American Finance Association and the Western Finance Association. He was Editor of the Journal of Finance for 12 years. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in finance and economics. In 2004, Dr. Stulz was named one of the 100 most influential people in finance by Treasury and Risk Management magazine.

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Directions for Academic Research

by Jim Overdahl, chief economist for the SEC

Jim Overdahl is currently the chief economist for the SEC. Before joining the commission, he was chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He has also worked as a Senior Financial Economist in the Risk Analysis Division in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He is the coauthor, with Robert Kolb, of three textbooks: Financial Derivatives, Understanding Futures Markets, and Futures, Options, and Swaps.

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