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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When it comes to corporate defaults, the current recession is, as of now, child’s play in comparison not only to the Great Depression, but another little-recalled period: the railroad crisis of 1873–1875. New research from Stanford shows that over the past 150 years, the U.S. corporate bond market has [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In 2006, spinach producers were hit by an outbreak of E. coli contamination that ground the industry to a halt as all spinach-based food products were yanked from the U.S. market. This nightmare scenario is a particularly dramatic example of the kind of temporary shock that can affect a [...]

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Labor Recovery Will Be Slow

DENVER – Higher unemployment may be here to stay even after the economy recovers, Michael Spence, Dean Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, told the annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics. The labor market is global, but most workers aren’t, Spence, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, told [...]

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Why Bank Equity is Not Expensive

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—When the financial markets crashed two years ago, Americans discovered that all too many banks and financial institutions became distressed because of their high degree of leverage. Since then, regulators, economists, and the banking industry have jousted over the question of how much equity capital banks should hold.  The prevailing argument [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In a forthcoming book, Stanford Graduate School of Business finance expert Darrell Duffie goes behind the scenes to describe the financial network of incentives and financial contracts that lead to run-on-the-bank calamities during the financial crisis of 2007-2009. He argues that success in placing the global financial system on [...]

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The impact of the financial crisis that began on Wall Street is still being felt around the world. Students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business are drawing lessons from this pivotal time in world economic history both in and out of the classroom with a series of speakers that has produced six podcasts now [...]

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Yes, there is greed on Wall Street and most likely on your street too, but if we collectively attribute the current financial crisis to “devious intent,” we may be condemned to relive it. That’s the opinion of Bengt Holmstrom, a 1978 PhD alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business who is currently the Paul [...]

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Although the SEC’s complaint and press reports have painted Goldman Sachs[‘ massive bets on the mortgage market as negligent at best and fraudulent at worst, the facts are complex, and it appears that the Commission may well have a difficult time proving its case, according to two Stanford professors. “The less people know about the [...]

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While the United States seems still to be picking itself up from an 18-months-long recession, less-developed countries already have passed through the worst of the crisis and are well on their way back.  That’s what A. Michael Spence, dean emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, told a student audience April 15 in a [...]

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