In a recent op-ed for Bangladeshi online newspaper bdnews24.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Authors: Jan Ericsson, Xiao Huang, Stefano Mazzotta
Publication: Journal of Empirical Finance, Volume 38, Part A, September 2016, Pages 1-21
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Desautels Professor of Finance, Reuven Brenner, was recently published in American Affairs Journal, a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought.
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.
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.”