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Why ask students to teach?

I guess you could say it’s an experiment.  But that would imply something less than the strong intention I have.  The question (in the title) was posed by a student who observed that in all three of the courses I’m teaching this semester, every student will…

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Liveblogging “Financial Innovation” Week 3

“[K]nowledge advances when striking real-world events and issues pose puzzles we have to try to understand and resolve. The most important decisions a scholar makes are what problems to work on. Choosing them just by looking for gaps in the literature is often not very productive and at…

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Liveblogging the Great Depression: Lords of Finance

This post begins some commentaries on readings about the Great Depression.  Richard A. Mayo and I are conducting a year-long seminar to look at this complicated and overshadowing episode in economic history.  We will drill into readings that are classic and/or new.  I have decided…

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Liveblogging “Financial Innovation” Week 2

This continues a running commentary that parallels a new course that I’ve started at Darden, “Financial Innovation: Opportunities and Problems.”  On August 29-30, we explored several important themes in articles by James Van Horne, Josh Lerner, Antoin Murphy, Robert Shiller, and Scott Frame and Lawrence White.&nbsp…

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Liveblogging “Financial Innovation” Week 1

This begins a running commentary that parallels a new course that I’ve started at Darden, “Financial Innovation: Opportunities and Problems.”  On August 22nd, we kicked off the course, and developed themes. 1.      The huge range and breadth of “financial innovation.”  I took…

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The Intern’s Expectations

Sidebar: Those interns who are in the home stretch and really hope to gain an offer might find some of my past advice helpful. Here are some suggestions I’ve given over years past to improve the odds of getting an offer: Actually ask for the job. Too many summer…

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In Memory of James R. Rubin

Our colleague and friend, James R. Rubin, passed away yesterday, saddening the Darden Community. He was a member of the Darden School faculty for some 25 years, teaching and writing in the area of management communications. He brought leadership to faculty teams and was a devoted teacher. Many knew him…

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A Year in the Wilderness

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live…

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To Fight a Financial Crisis: What Should the President Do?

You are the U.S. President. After the hoopla of the inauguration, you settle into your work focused particularly on implementing your policy agenda, on which you were elected. The success of your campaign breeds triumphalism that energizes your work. Then, within weeks of your inauguration, a financial crisis hits…

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The Reading Leader: Recommended Books, 2015

  “I just sit in my office and read all day.” Warren Buffett, Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway (he claims to spend 80% of his time reading.)   In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none…

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