Amir Sufi, the Bruce Lindsey Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Chicago Booth, has been awarded this year’s Gordon J. Laing Prize, for his book on the 2007 financial crisis and the Great Recession, which he coauthored with Atif Mian, an economics professor at Princeton.
The University of Chicago Press honors a notable faculty member each year to commemorate the late Gordon J. Laing, editor of the Press during the 1920s and 1930s. After reviewing over 400 publications, the Press selected Sufi and Mian’s book House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again.
In their book, which was informed by detailed research they conducted together, much of it at Chicago Booth, Sufi and Mian described how excessive household debt leads to foreclosures, causing individuals to spend less and save more. Less spending means less demand for goods, followed by declines in production and huge job losses.
In receiving the award Professor Sufi described how the research setting at Booth contributed to his work on House of Debt. “It is this scholarly environment and the colleagues here that really push you to think very seriously about the conclusion you’re coming to, which really helped us to come to the conclusion that we did—the backbone of the book,” he said.
Professor Sufi is a co-director of the Initiative on Global Markets, which has supported much of his research on the causes of the Great Recession.
In 2014, Professor Sufi gave a Myron Scholes Forum lecture for the IGM on the research that informed House of Debt. A video is available here.
has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the economic forces driving the creation of media products, the changing nature and role of media in the digital environment, and the effect of media on education and civic engagement. He has thus emerged as a leader in a new generation of microeconomists applying economic methods to analyze questions that were historically analyzed by non-economists. His empirical work combines novel data, innovative identification strategies and careful empirical methods to answer questions at the interface of economics, political science, and sociology....
In summary, Gentzkow is a productive young economist who applies frontier methods in empirics and theory to an important set of questions. His skills span the full range of the discipline. He has been a pioneer in the area of media economics, defining questions appropriate to the changing media landscape. His work is creative without sacrificing quality. He has established himself as a role model in both substance and execution.
Matthew Gentzkow is the Richard O. Ryan Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow; he is a director of Chicago Booth's Initiative on Global Markets.
Several papers that Professor Gentzkow and coauthors published for the IGM's working paper series were cited by the AEA in awarding him the Clark Medal. Links to these papers are available below:
The AEA's full announcement of its 2014 Clark Medal award, and a summary of Professor Gentzkow's contributions, can be found here.
Chicago Booth's Steven J. Davis, along with coauthors Nicholas A. Bloom and Scott R. Baker of Stanford University, have been awarded the Addington Prize in Measurement. The award is presented by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
Professor Davis and his coauthors received the award for their paper Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty, which was based on research co-funded by Chicago Booth's Initiative on Global Markets.
"This ground-breaking report" said the Fraser Institute in its announcement, "develops the first rigorous analytical framework for measuring the extent and impact of economic policy uncertainty in the United States. The authors have since expanded their work to include Canada, Europe, China, and India."
Steven Davis is the William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics and the Deputy Dean for Faculty.
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Raghuram Rajan's Fault Lines was chosen from among six top business books as the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. The book's analysis is based in part on Rajan's 2005 presentation at the Jackson Hole Central Bankers Conference; it "identifies the flaws that helped cripple the world financial system, prescribes potential remedies, but also warns that unless policymakers push through painful reforms, the world could be plunged into renewed turmoil."
Raghuram G. Rajan is Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Christian Leuz has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award. This prestigious award is given by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in Germany "in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date." Accounting to the Foundation, the award honors "academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own field of specialization and beyond, and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future."
Christian Leuz is the Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
During the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association, professors Christian Leuz (Chicago Booth) and Luzi Hail (Wharton) were awarded the AAA's 2010 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award. This esteemed award is given annually to research that displays "originality, breadth of potential interest, soundness of methodology, and potential impact on accounting education."
This year's award was given for Leuz and Hail's paper, "International Differences in the Cost of Equity Capital: Do Legal Institutions and Securities Regulation Matter?" The paper examines international differences in firms' cost of equity capital across 40 countries. Leuz and Hail analyze whether the effectiveness of a country's legal institutions and securities regulation is systematically related to cross-country differences in these capital costs. They find that countries with extensive securities regulation and strong enforcement mechanisms exhibit lower levels of cost of capital than countries with weak legal institutions, even after controlling for various risk and country factors. The effects are stronger in countries with capital markets that are globally less integrated.
Christian Leuz is Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting and Richard N. Rosett Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Luzi Hail is an assistant professor of accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The New York Times
March 5, 2012
Coverage of the 2012 US Monetary Policy Forum
Here's a reminder about a problem that still doesn't get the attention that it deserves: Housing has blown a giant smoking hole in the middle of our economy, and the consequences continue to impede the pace of recovery. Read the article>
Professor Christian Leuz was awarded the Deloitte Wildman Medal for excellence in accounting research at the American Accounting Association. Read more>
January 20, 2011
Imagine this: using credit-default swaps to solve "too big to fail." Too good to be true? Could a product vilified as a cause of the 2008 financial crisis provide the solution to an intractable policy problem of how to regulate the largest firms? Two professors have come up with an intriguing idea. And because it harnesses the power of the markets to do the regulating, rather than the federal government, it could catch on with newly empowered Republicans in Congress.
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February 26, 2010
Anil Kashyap discusses regulatory reform at the US Monetary Policy Forum. Watch video >
September 3, 2009
How big an influence on spending is housing wealth? Hopes for a consumer revival in countries where house prices have slumped rest, in part, on the answer. A purist view is that the value of homes has no “wealth effect” on consumption. An increase in house prices only raises the future cost of shelter. Those about to trade down or sell out receive a windfall, but first-time buyers and those hoping to buy a bigger home are worse off. The overall effect on wealth is a wash. But even if that is correct, house-price increases may still have an impact as they create housing collateral for consumers who could not otherwise borrow. A study* by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business pins down the size of this effect, using the credit records of almost 70,000 American borrowers. Read the article >
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2009
Women with more testosterone tend to behave more like men when taking financial risks, according to a new study. "Women with higher levels of testosterone turn out to be less risk averse, more willing to take risks," Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago said in a telephone interview.
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July 6, 2009
Steven Kaplan Explains Changes in Management Fees for Leveraged Buyout Funds. Read the article >
The Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2009
Robert Norvy-Marx and Joshua Rauh Find Significant Shortfalls in Public Employee Pension Plans. Read the article >
Daily News Opinion
March 25, 2009
By Luigi Zingales
On Monday, the market rallied 7% at the announcement of Treasury Secretary's Timothy Geithner's plan to deal with banks' toxic assets. Should taxpayers celebrate as well? The answer is a resounding no. Read the article>
Christian Laux and Christian Leuz provide a primer to help the public make sense of the recent debate over Fair Value accounting.
Professor Christian Leuz, with his co-authors Luzi Hail and Peter Wysocki, analyzes the economic and policy factors related to the potential adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the US This report, which was requested by the FASB, was released March 11, 2009 in conjunction with the FASB's letter to the SEC's Roadmap for the Potential Use of Financial Statements Prepared In Accordance With International Financial Reporting Standards by US Issuers.
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Wall Street Journal
January 21, 2009
By Alberto Alesina and Luigi Zingales
In virtually all economics classes, including those taught by the many excellent economists on the Obama team, the idea of government spending as an engine for growth is not a popular topic. Yet despite their skepticism of Keynesianism in the classroom, when it comes to public policy, these economists happily endorse a large stimulus package that could bring our deficit to 10% of GDP. Why?
May 30, 2008
Professor Luigi Zingales' study suggests cultural factors may explain why boys do better in math. Read article >
by Christian Broda
June 4, 2008
The US presidential campaign has sometimes sounded like a contest to prove who despises trade the most. Media reports of job losses to China and the destructive effect of Wal-Mart on local businesses are ubiquitous. Read more >
April 10, 2008
An article headlined "Why Mr. Rajan is right" discussed Professor Raghuram Rajan's recommendations for reforming India's financial sector. "Financial sector reform is both a moral and an economic imperative," he argued in a report. The Economist responded: "He is right - and he deserves a lot more support than he is likely to get." Read more >
March 18, 2008
Professor Raghuram Rajan was quoted in an article headlined "Bear Stearns bailout re-energizes fears." Read more >
Professor Luigi Zingales was named one of five "brilliant brains behind globalization," in an article published in Corriere della Sera. Read more >
Associate Professor Christian Broda discusses how China's emergence as an economic superpower is having positive impact on South America. Read more >
March 2, 2008
It was only nine months ago that pundits, investors and government officials, argued that the US subprime mortgage crisis had been "contained." Read more >
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2008
Mortgage losses, compounded by contemporary risk-management and accounting practices, could prompt banks and other lenders to shrink their lending and other assets by $2 trillion, a study concludes. Read more >
Wall Street Journal
February 29, 2008
The former chief monetary policy adviser of the US Federal Reserve warns that as fast as central bankers have cut interest rates, they may have to raise them just as quickly. Read more >
The Economic Times (India)
November 21, 2007
A committee headed by professor Raghuram Rajan has been charged with setting an agenda for financial sector reforms in India, according to an article published November 21. One government official referred to the group as "the Raghuram Rajan committee," the article said. Read more >
The Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2007
Research by professor Steven Kaplan, assistant professor Morten Sorensen, and PhD student Mark Klebanov was featured in the Theory & Practice column November 19. "What are the traits that chief executives of successful companies share?" the article began. "A new study suggests that hard-nosed personal virtues such as persistence and efficiency count for more than ‘softer' strengths like teamwork or flexibility." The article was headlined "Tough CEOs Often Most Successful, a Study Finds." A picture of Professor Kaplan accompanied the article. The Times of London also ran an item about the study. Read paragraph from related IGM research >
The Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2007
Research on corporate fraud by professor Luigi Zingales and assistant professor Adair Morse was featured in an article headlined "Losing Money Is a Crime." Professors Zingales and Morse found that 7 percent of public companies engage in some form of "material" (i.e., of interest to investors) lawbreaking each year, according to the article published November 14. Most of the fraud, "involves a misrepresentation of financial statements or breach of controls that was not motivated primarily by self dealing. The bulk of these involve overstated revenue and revenue expectations," their research found. Read paragraph from related IGM research >
The Wall Street Journal Online
November 8, 2007
Research by professor Steven Kaplan on CEO turnover was featured in an article posted November 8. The return of dismissed CEOs is more common today because CEO turnover is increasing, Professor Kaplan found. The average tenure for company chief executives today is roughly six years, according to his research.
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Read paragraph from related IGM research >
October 23, 2007
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles L. Evans said policy makers must shield the economy from "high cost'' events such a worsening housing slump. Read the article >
October 22, 2007
Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said on Monday that outside of housing the US economy is "moving forward," and that the Fed cannot afford to go soft on inflation. Read the article >
Professors Cochrane, Kashyap and Rajan spoke at a Myron Scholes Global Markets Forum, sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Trust and Chicago Council on Global Affairs, at the CME Auditorium September 25. on the dislocations in credit markets and offer their views on what has been happening and what policy makers can do. Read the article >
Agustin Carstens, AM ’83, PhD ’85, secretary of finance and public credit of Mexico spoke at the Myron Scholes Global Markets Forum Series, which was co-sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and funded by the CME Trust.