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Teaching

Early in my career I taught Decision Making Under Uncertainty to MBA students, Corporate Finance at multiple levels, and various PhD-level courses, particularly a new course on Information in Financial Market.

Since 2014, I have been teaching new interdisciplinary courses titled Finance and Society. One is an MBA course that also draws students from other programs and departments, and the other is aimed at undergraduate students and is cross-listed in Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, Management Science and Engineering, and International Policy. In spring 2019 I offered a condensed course that explores governance issues around technology and the Internet.

 

Is the Internet Broken?

GSBGEN 578 | April 8-19, 2019

Co-taught with Jonathan Dotan


This interdisciplinary course examines the promise, peril, and possible future of the Internet and the impact of the World Wide Web on our lives. We will explore the most pressing contemporary issues facing the Internet, including debates on privacy, antitrust, freedom of speech, access, neutrality, and regulation. We will also unpack the claim that “decentralization,” as it has grown with new technologies such as blockchain and crypto assets, captures the original vision of the Internet. A key question we will address is: What should be the roles of markets, governments, and different stakeholders in shaping the Internet? Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own motivations and roles as digital consumers, potential innovators, and future leaders in this process.. Guests from the tech sector and elsewhere will enrich our discussion.

Sample recent syllabus (Note: syllabus always evolving and partly depends on visitor opportunity)

Finance and Society

FIN 332 | January 7 - March 15, 2019

Co-taught with Heiner Schulz


This interdisciplinary course explores the economic, political, and behavioral forces that shape the financial system and, through this system, have a major impact on the economy and society. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the complex interactions between individuals, corporations, governments, and the media can help markets work or, in turn, generate governance failures and inefficiencies. Visitors with varied experiences will enrich our discussions of key questions about the workings of capitalism in liberal democracies.

Sample recent syllabus (Note: syllabus always evolving and partly depends on visitor opportunity)

Finance and Society for non-MBAs

ECON 143 | January 7 - March 15, 2019


This interdisciplinary course explores the economic, political, and cultural forces that shape the financial system and, through this system, have major effects on the economy and on society. You will gain an understanding of how the interactions between individuals, corporations, governments, and the media can help the financial system and the economy work better or in turn allow those with better information and control to harm others unnecessarily. Topics include the basic principles of investment and funding, corporations and their governance, financial markets and institutions, and political and ethical issues. We will discuss recent and ongoing news events and analyses immediately relevant to the material. The approach will be rigorous and analytical but not overly mathematical. A few visitors will further enrich the discussion.

INTLPOL 227, MS&E 147, POLISCI 127A, PUBLPOL 143

Sample recent syllabus (Note: syllabus always evolving and partly depends on visitor opportunity)