The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program attracts senior researchers in the profession for short-term (1 week) visits to the Commission. The visits are intended to promote staff development by providing opportunities for SEC economists to learn from and interact with leading academic researchers in areas of interest to the Commission. DERA staff nominates and selects the distinguished scholars based on their body of work and knowledge of economic issues relevant to the Division’s ongoing research agenda. Selected scholars deliver a lecture or series of lectures on their area of expertise and have an opportunity to meet with staff outside of the Division to share their insights and to learn about the institutional details relevant to their research programs. Below is a list of distinguished scholars who have visited the SEC:

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    2017

    September 5-8
    Brad Barber, University of California, Davis
    Topic: Retail Investors, Mutual Funds, and Gender Bias in Finance Professions

    September 11-15
    Jean Helwege, University of California, Riverside
    Topic: Liquidity in Bond Markets

    October 16-20
    Alon Brav, Duke University
    Topic: Hedge Fund Activism

    November 13-17
    Randall Morck, University of Alberta
    Topic: The Great Pyramids of America

    December 11-15
    Lawrence Glosten, Columbia University
    Topic: Stock Market Manipulation and Its Regulation: An economic and legal analysis of manipulation

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    2016

    December 12-16
    Itay Goldstein, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Topic: Financial Fragility

    October 5-11
    Roger Debreceny, Shidler College of Business,University of Hawaii
    Topic: XBRL/Structured Data, Financial Statement Fraud Detection, Financial Statement Ratios, Assurance, XBRL Capital Market Implications

    August 29-September 2
    Thierry Foucault, HEC Paris
    Topic: Market Microstructure

    August 8-12
    Steve Yang, Stevens Institute of Technology School of Systems and Enterprises
    Topic: Financial Statement Analysis, Fraud Detection

    May 23-27
    John Griffin, Haas School of Business
    Topic: Over-the-Counter Markets

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    2015

    November 1-5
    Andrew Lo, MIT
    Topic: Foundations of Financial Behavior, Adaptive Markets and Big Data

    September 15-17
    Terrence Hendershott, Haas School of Business
    Topic: Over-the-Counter Markets

    August 31-September 3
    Jianqing Fan, Princeton
    Topic: Robust Measurement of Earning Surprises

    August 24-28
    Gideon Saar, Cornell University
    Topic: Market Microstructure

    August 3-6
    Vikas Agarwal, Georgia State University
    Topic: Asset Management

    July 27-31
    Jeffrey Coles, University of Utah
    Topic: Executive Pay

    June 15-19
    Kerry Back, Rice University
    Topic: Limit Order Books with Imperfectly Competitive Liquidity Provision

    April 6-14
    Laura Starks, University of Texas at Austin
    Topic: Institutional Investors and Governance

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    2014

    December 15-19
    Craig Holden, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    Topic: Model of Optimal Trading and Buy-Side Trading Strategies

    November 10-14
    Robert Stine, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
    Topic: Text Analytics and Its Application

    October 20-24
    Michelle Lowry, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
    Topic: IPO's and Corporate Governance

    September 22-26
    Albert P. Kyle, Robert Smith School of Business, University of MD
    Topic: An Introduction to Market Microstructure Invariance

    July 28-August 1
    Andrew Karolyi, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
    Topic: Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma

    June 23-27
    Alex Butler, Jones School of Business, Rice University
    Topic: Causal Inference through Natural Experiments

    May 27-30
    Patricia Dechow, Haas Business School, University of Berkeley
    Topic: Earnings Quality and the SEC