Research Interests: demographics, financial markets, long-run asset returns, macroeconomics
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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971; BA, Columbia University, 1967
Best Business School Professor in worldwide ranking, Business Week, 1994; Lindback Award (outstanding university teaching), 2002; Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award (outstanding MBA teaching),1996, 2005; David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching (Wharton Undergraduate); Best Article, Graham and Dodd Award, Financial Analysts Journal, 1993; Best Article, Peter Bernstein and Frank Fabozzi Award, The Journal of Portfolio Management, 2000; The prestigious Nicholas Molodovsky Award by the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute to “those individuals who have made outstanding contributions of such significance as to change the direction of the profession and to raise it to higher standards of accomplishment,” in May 2005
Wharton: 1976-present (named Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, 1998). Previous appointment: Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, 1972-76
Academic Director, Securities Industry Association Institute; Senior Investment Strategy Advisor, Wisdom Tree Investments, Inc.; Investment Advisory Committee, Zeneca Inc.
The Senior Capstone Project is required for all BAS degree students, in lieu of the senior design course. The Capstone Project provides an opportunity for the student to apply the theoretical ideas and tools learned from other courses. The project is usually applied, rather than theoretical, exercise, and should focus on a real world problem related to the career goals of the student. The one-semester project may be completed in either the fall or sprong term of the senior year, and must be done under the supervision of a sponsoring faculty member. To register for this course, the student must submit a detailed proposal, signed by the supervising professor, and the student's faculty advisor, to the Office of Academic Programs two weeks prior to the start of the term.
This is an intermediate-level course in macroeconomics and the global economy, including topics in monetary and international economics. The goal is to provide a unified framework for understanding macroeconomic events and policy, which govern the global economic environment of business. The course analyzes the determinants and behavior of employment, production, demand and profits; inflation, interest rates, asset prices, and wages; exchange rates and international flows of goods and assets; including the interaction of the real economy with monetary policy and the financial system. The analysis is applied to current events, both in the US and abroad. Students cannot receive credit for taking both FNCE 101 and ECON 102. Wharton students are required to take FNCE 101.
Integrates the work of the various courses and familiarizes the student with the tools and techniques of research.
This course is required for all students except those who, having prior training in macroeconomics, money and banking, and stabilization policy at an intermediate or advanced level, can obtain a waiver by passing an examination. The purpose of the course is to train students to think systematically about the current state of the economy and macroeconomic policy, and to be able to evaluate the economic environment within which business and financial decisions are made. The course emphasizes the use of economic theory to understand the workings of financial markets and the operation and impact of government policies. We will study the determinants of the level of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, the supply of money, inflation, exchange rates, and the formulation and operation of stabilization policies.
Independent Study Projects require extensive independent work and a considerable amount of writing. ISP in Finance are intended to give students the opportunity to study a particular topic in Finance in greater depth than is covered in the curriculum. The application for ISP's should outline a plan of study that requires at least as much work as a typical course in the Finance Department that meets twice a week. Applications for FNCE 899 ISP's will not be accepted after the THIRD WEEK OF THE SEMESTER. ISP's must be supervised by a Standing Faculty member of the Finance Department.
With drastic declines in consumer demand, the COVID-19 pandemic has battered the oil markets in ways that we haven't seen before.Knowledge @ Wharton - 2020/04/28