In a recent op-ed for Bangladeshi online newspaper, Desautels Professor Mo Chaudhury explores the unfolding Rohingya humanitarian disaster in Myanmar, then outlines the corruption at the heart of the crisis and the players who stand to benefit from it.

Classified as: mo chaudhury, finance
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

The Desautels Faculty of Management is pleased to congratulate Professor Vihang Errunza, Associate Dean, Research, on being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s Social Sciences Academy.

Classified as: Vihang Errunza, finance, royal society of canada
Published on: 8 Sep 2017

A piece in Les Affaires looks at how our emotions and confidence can get the better of us when it comes to our investment practises, citing the panic in 2008 as proof that the markets are ruled more by investor emotion than by rationality.

Classified as: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, finance
Published on: 24 Aug 2017

Authors: Pedro Piccolia, Mo Chaudhury, Alceu Souza and Wesley Vieirada Silvaa

Publication: The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol. 41, July 2017


The paper investigates the behavior of individual US stocks during the 21 trading days following the event of extreme movement in the market index on a day.

Classified as: mo chaudhury, finance
Published on: 17 Aug 2017

Authors: Jan Ericsson, Xiao Huang, Stefano Mazzotta

Publication: Journal of Empirical Finance, Volume 38, Part A, September 2016, Pages 1-21


Classified as: finance, Jan Ericsson
Published on: 12 Jul 2017

A Weekly Standard op-ed examines the way the Fed is trying to tame a $4-trillion quantitative easing problem in case another recession hits.

The piece quotes Desautels professor Reuven Brenner’s withering criticism of current policies in American Affairs (in which he likens them more to astrology than science) but allows that the Fed is trying to make sense of a vastly confusing set of circumstances: low unemployment should be pushing wages and inflation upward, but it’s not happening.

Classified as: Reuven Brenner, finance
Published on: 11 Jul 2017

Ottawa is going to have to find a way to keep legalized cannabis on the affordable side, thanks to the already low prices in Quebec. A new Public Safety Canada report states that, for comparable quality marijuana, Quebec pot consumers pay about $5.33 per gram, while non-Quebecers average $7.04. Émilie Dansereau, of the Association pour la santé publique du Québec, suggests that Ottawa should pay attention to how the government of Uruguay killed off its black market with a low tax rate.

Classified as: Kenneth Lester, finance
Published on: 28 Jun 2017

This summer, the Quebec government will be running consultations into how legalized cannabis will be sold in Quebec. For Ottawa, the aim is that the provinces will regulate sales, hopefully with public health as the ultimate goal.

Classified as: Kenneth Lester, finance
Published on: 20 Jun 2017

For convocation season, Poets & Quants asked several female deans of business schools what the current crop of new female grads should think about as they start out in the high-octane world of business, whether they’re entering the workforce or striking out on their own.

Classified as: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, finance
Published on: 9 Jun 2017

In a recent piece for The Daily Star, Desautels professor Mo Chaudhury calls the tax on bank deposits in the Government of Bangladesh’s 2017-18 budget a bad call, and gives six examples that outline exactly why. He acknowledges the ongoing budgetary challenges faced by the country, but counters that taxing bank deposits may send savers towards stocks, real-estate or even the black market, which will just compound the problem.

Classified as: mo chaudhury, finance
Published on: 8 Jun 2017

After of a sell-off of shares in two Canadian companies was apparently triggered by a short seller’s morning tweet, Desautels professor Ken Lester derided the tweet, saying that “There’s no recourse. People can just put out whatever they want on the Internet.”

He goes on to say that there is a general uncertainty about Canadian financial firms, thanks in large part to the legal problems faced by Home Capital Group.

Classified as: finance, Kenneth Lester
Published on: 2 Jun 2017

Desautels Professor of Finance, Reuven Brenner, was recently published in American Affairs Journal, a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought.

Classified as: Reuven Brenner, finance
Published on: 23 May 2017

Congratulations to Professor Juan Serpa and Professor Sujata Madan who have been selected as the recipients of the 2016-17 Desautels Faculty Teaching Award for Undergraduate and Graduate teaching, respectively. 

Classified as: Sujata Madan, finance, operations management, Juan Serpa
Published on: 17 May 2017

Poets and Quants recently asked business educators to name their top picks for films from which MBAs could learn a lesson or two. The range of movies mentioned was wide, and included some films that do not, at first, seem to be obvious choices. So, while films like The Wolf of Wall Street, 1986’s Gung-Ho, and Margin Call show up on the list, some professors give the nod to movies like Zootopia and The Godfather.

Classified as: finance, Sebastien Betermier
Published on: 25 Apr 2017

Desautels Professor Reuven Brenner writes in a recent Asia Times op-ed that, as societies become literate, earlier metaphors become codified as literal truths, much to the detriment of those societies and the cultures that exist within them. There are parallels between the “fake news” of today and analogues in early societies, where one people’s superstitions about another group could bring the two into conflict.”

Classified as: Reuven Brenner, finance
Published on: 20 Apr 2017