Since 2006, Suchi Mishra, a member of the Finance and Real Estate Department, has organized seminars at which leading scholars present to faculty and PhD students.
The 2009 season got off to a strong start on September 18th with a lecture by noted real estate professor Timothy Riddiough, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Approximately 25 faculty members and graduate students, including 12 from the Finance Department and three from Economics, attended.
“This was a beautiful argument in which Riddiough built a theoretical model about a socially and privately optimal revenue sharing contract between the monopolist supplier (for example, Walgreens or Wal-Mart or McDonalds) and the incumbent (such as franchise holders), so that the effort production by the incumbent is continuous, and default risk is minimized,” Mishra said.
Upcoming speakers include Wayne Ferson, University of Southern California on November 6, 2009, and Roger Huang, Notre Dame on February 26, 2010.
Seminars benefit FIU and the field.
The talks and informal discussions enable PhD students to see where the research in their area is headed, and helps them build a strong network.
“The events motivate all of us to do good research, which gets our name out,” Mishra said. “Also, these scholars see that we have a strong PhD program, which helps put us on the map.”
The list of previous speakers reads like a Who’s Who in the field: Warren Bailey, Cornell University; Hendrik Bessembinder, University of Utah and co-editor of Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Timothy Burch, University of Miami; Cynthia Campbell, Iowa State University and former co-editor of Financial Review; William Christie, Vanderbilt University, editor of Financial Management; Arnie Cowan, Iowa State University and former co-editor of Financial Review; Jon Garfinkel, University of Iowa; Gerald Gay, Georgia State University and co-editor of Journal of Financial Research; Jayant Kale, Georgia State University and co-editor of Journal of Financial Research; and Abanidhar Subrahmanyam, UCLA and co-editor of Financial Market.