The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, in collaboration with SEC University, hosts an ongoing Outside Perspectives Series where academic and industry speakers are invited to discuss topics of current interest to SEC staff.  These one and a half hour talks target a broader set of Commission staff than attendees of our traditional academic series, including staff from rule-writing divisions and senior policymakers.  The series allows SEC staff to learn from and interact with experts in topics of special importance and/or of broad interest to the Commission.  For a list of upcoming and previous seminars, see below.

Recent Speakers

Fall 2016

November 3
Sanjai Bhagat, University of Colorado at Boulder
Topic: Financial Crisis, Corporate Governance, and Bank Capital

October 3
Mohini Singh, CFA Institute
Topic: Data and Technology: Transforming the Financial Information Landscape

Spring 2016

May 18
Dan Egan, Betterment Investment Company
Topic: Evidence-Based Improvements to Investor Behavior: The Betterment Approach

Winter 2016

February 23
David Yermack, New York University
Topic: Blockchains and the Future of Financial Markets and Governance

Past Outside Perspectives Speakers

Fall 2015

October 8
Chris Plantier, Investment Company Institute
Topic: Regulated Funds, Emerging Markets, and Financial Stability

Summer 2015

July 22
Stefan Hunt, UK FCA
Topic: Is Financial Disclosure for Consumers Ever Effective? Evidence from UK Field, Lab and Natural Experiments

June 23
Karel Engelen, International Swaps Derivatives Association (ISDA)
Topic: OTC Derivative Taxonomy

Spring 2015

April 6
Grant Passmore and Denis Ignatovich, Aesthetic Integration
Topic: Formal Verification: A Way to Ensure the Safety and Fairness of Financial Algorithms

Fall 2014

December 2
AnnaMaria Lusardi, George Washington University
Topic: The Economic Importance of Financial Literacy

Summer 2014

August 27
Byoung-Hyoun Hwang, Cornell University
Topic: Can Short-Selling Help Correct Under-Pricing

August 19
Steven Crawford, University of Houston
Topic: The CEO-Employee Pay Ratio

Spring 2014

May 1
Jay Ritter, University of Florida
Topic: IPOs and Capital Raising

Winter 2014

January 27
Michael Greenberg, RAND Corporation
Topic: Fair Value, Historical Cost, and Systemic Risk

Summer 2013

July 26
Amit Seru, University of Chicago
Topic: Securitization of Residential Loan Originations: A Retrospective Review

Fall 2012

December 12
Ethan Mollick, University of Pennsylvania
Topic: The Dynamics of Crowdfunding

October 25
John Core, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Is U.S. CEO Compensation Broken?

October 5
John Julsman, Hulsman Enterprises
Topic: A Discussion of the European Financial Crisis

Summer 2012

June 29
Gary Gorton, Yale University
Topic: Shadow Banking and the Financial Crisis

Fall 2011

October 12
Jordan Seigel, Harvard University
Topic: What Makes the Bonding Stick? A Natural Experiment Involving the Supreme Court and Cross-Listed Firms

September 29
Christian Leuz, University of Chicago
Topic: Disclosure-related

Spring 2011

May 12
Maureen O'Hara, Cornell University
Topic: Flow toxicity, liquidity crashes and the Probability of Informed Trading

February 17
Merritt Fox, Columbia Law School
Topic: The Effectiveness of Mandatory Disclosure: an Empirical Test of the Line of Business Regulations

Summer 2010

June 4
John Griffin, University of Texas at Austin
Topic: Did Subjectivity Play a Role in CDO Credit Ratings?

Spring 2010

May 13
Andrew Metrick, Chief Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers and Yale University; and Sanjai Bhagat, University of Colorado
Topic: corporate governance ratings

April 29
Frank Hatheway, Chief Economist, Claude Courbois, Managing Economist, Director of Research, and Nick Hirschey, NASDAQ
Topic: high frequency trading on NASDAQ

April 27
John Morrall, Former Deputy Administrator for OIRA; Richard Williams, Managing Director, Regulatory Studies Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; and Michael Livermore, Executive Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law
Topic: economic analysis in federal rulemaking

April 1
Robert Shiller, Yale University
Topic: The Case for Trills Giving the People and Their Pension Funds a Stake in the Wealth of the Nation

February 22
Adam Ashcraft, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Topic: asset-backed securities

February 9
Sean Dobson and Laurie Goodman,, Amherst Securities
Topic: mortgage markets

January 7
Ian Domowitz, Milan Borkovec, and Kevin O’Connor, Investment Technology Group (ITG)
Topic: measuring the price impact of stock trading

Fall 2009

December 3
Juhani Linnainmaa, The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
Topic: investor characteristics and stock market participation

November 10
Sal L. Arnuk, Themis Trading
Topic: high frequency trading

November 5
Jeffrey Blockinger, Chief Legal Officer, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group; Thomas Fritsch, General Counsel, Plainfield Asset Management LLC; and Edward McNamara, General Counsel, Plainfield Direct, Inc.
Topic: hedge fund compliance

Summer 2009

Andrei Kirilenko, CFTC

Sophie Shive, University of Notre Dame

Fabrizio Ferri, Harvard University

David Reeb, Temple University

Avri Ravid, Rutgers University

Lee Pinkowitz, Georgetown University

James Vickrey, New York Fed

Spring 2009

Srinivasan Sankaraguruswamy, National University of Singapore

Kose John, New York University

Milton Harris, University of Chicago

Russ Wermers, University of Maryland

Malcolm Baker, Harvard University

Jennifer Carpenter, New York University

Fall 2008

Jay Dahya, Baruch College/CUNY

Brad Barber, UC Davis

Alex Frino, University of Sydney

Antonio Falato, Federal Reserve Board

Alex Edmans, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yung, University of Colorado

Summer 2008

Anna Obizhaeva, University of Maryland

Gerard Hoberg, University of Maryland

Kumar Venkataraman, Southern Methodist University

Jim Hsieh, George Mason University

Ugur Lel, Federal Reserve Board

Gjergji Cici, William and Mary

Spring 2008

Jack Cooney, Texas Tech University

Otto Van Hemert, New York University

Harold Mulherin, University of Georgia

Laura Starks, University of Texas

Lalitha Naveen, Temple University

Fall 2007

Victoria Ivashina, Harvard University

Richard Evans, University of Virginia

Andrew Karolyi, Ohio State University

Mila Getmansky, UMass - Amherst

Mark Mitchell, CNH Partners

Justin Wolfers, University of Pennsylvania

Spring 2007

Ulrike Malmendier, University of California, Berkeley Department of Economics

Pete Kyle, University of Chicago

Gregory Duffee, University of California, Berkeley

Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago

Gary Gorton, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Alon Brav, Duke University

JB Heaton, Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar and Scott, LLP

Fall 2006

Alexander Ljungqvist, New York University

Robert Engle, New York University

Burton Hollifield, Carnegie Mellon University

Jonathan Berk, University of California, Berkeley

Terry Hendershott, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Brennan, University of California, Los Angeles and London School of Business