Myron Scholes
Global Markets Forum

September 29, 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Greece's Debt Crisis

Professors Anil Kashyap, Stavros Panageas, and Luigi Zingales discussed alternative views on the nature of Greece's debt crisis, the approach that its creditors and EU neighbors have taken, and the likely implications of the recent high-stakes negotiations. Amir Sufi will moderate.

This event was part of the Initiative on Global Markets (IGM) and is generously sponsored by Myron Scholes.

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Where

Gleacher Center
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive, Room 621
Chicago, IL 60611

Questions

Jennifer Williams
773.702.6324

Speakers Profiles

Anil Kashyap is the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on banking, business cycles, corporate finance, price setting, and monetary policy. His research has won him numerous awards, including a Sloan Research Fellowship, the Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Sciences, and a Senior Houblon-Norman Fellowship from the Bank of England.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1991, Kashyap spent three years as an economist for the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System. He currently works as a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and serves as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is on the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Italy's Einuadi Institute of Economics and Finance and is an advisor to the Swedish Riksbank and the Economic and Social Research Institute in Japan. He is a member of the Squam Lake Group and serves on the International Monetary Fund's Advisory Group on the development of a macro-prudential policy framework.

Kashyap is also one of the academic members of the Bellagio Group (whose non-academic members consist of the Deputy Central Bank Governors and Vice Ministers of Finance of the G7 countries). This experience, along with his research and other consulting and advising to central banks and finance ministries around the world, has helped him create his two unique elective courses, "Understanding Central Banks" and "The Analytics of Financial Crises."

Kashyap is a member of both the American Economic Association (AEA) and American Finance Association, and is a co-founder of the US Monetary Policy Forum. In 2014, was selected for the Emory Williams Award for teaching excellence by the Chicago Booth students.

He regularly speaks on financial crises, Japan, the global economy, and the direction of economic policy.

He graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in economics and statistics with highest honors. In 1989, he earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He enjoys rotisserie baseball and the Indianapolis 500.

Stavros Panageas studies asset pricing and macroeconomics. Previously he has taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and he has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

He has worked as a fixed income quantitative analyst for Fidelity Investments and was a co-founder and board member of AIAS NET, one of the first Greek Internet service providers.

Panageas's research has appeared in prestigious academic journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Monetary Economics. His work has been repeatedly presented at leading universities and conferences world-wide. He is the recipient of the 2012 Smith-Breeden Prize for the best capital markets paper in the Journal of Finance, the Utah Winter Finance Conference Best Paper Award, the Four nations Cup, a Rodney White Research Grant, two Geewax, Terker Prizes in Investment Research from the Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research, and a Paul Alther Prize for the best undergraduate thesis at the University of St. Gallen.

Panageas earned a Lizentiat in economics from the University of St. Gallen in 1997 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008.

Luigi Zingales' research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He co-developed the Financial Trust Index, which is designed to monitor the level of trust that Americans have toward their financial system. In addition to holding his position at Chicago Booth, Zingales is currently a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a fellow of the European Governance Institute. He is also the director of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago and an editorialist for Il Sole 24 Ore, the Italian equivalent of the Financial Times. Zingales also serves on the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, which has been examining the legislative, regulatory, and legal issues affecting how public companies function.

His research has earned him the 2003 Bernácer Prize for the best young European financial economist, the 2002 Nasdaq award for best paper in capital formation, and a National Science Foundation Grant in economics. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance and the American Economic Review.

His book, Saving Capitalism from Capitalists, coauthored with Raghuram G. Rajan, has been acclaimed as "one of the most powerful defenses of the free market ever written" by Bruce Bartlett of National Review Online. Martin Wolf of the Financial Times called it "an important book." His latest book is A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity (Basic Books; June 2012)

Born in Italy, a country with high inflation and unemployment which has inspired his professional interests as an economist, Zingales carries with him a political passion and the belief that economists should not just interpret the world, they should change it for the better. Commenting on his method of teaching on a few very important lessons rather than a myriad of details, Zingales says, "Twenty years from now they might have forgotten all the details of my course, but hopefully they will not have forgotten the way of thinking."

Zingales received a bachelor's degree in economics summa cum laude from Università Bocconi in Italy in 1987 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1992.

Amir Sufi is the Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Professor Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics. He has articles published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His recent research on household debt and the economy has been profiled in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. It has also been presented to policy-makers at the Federal Reserve, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, and the White House Council of Economic Advisors. This research forms the basis of his book co-authored with Atif Mian: House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014.

Sufi graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Solow Endowment Prize for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Research. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.


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