Monday, March 31, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
Translating Academic Research to the Real World: Applications in Political Corruption, Media Bias, and Corn Farming
Room 312, Jones Graduate School Business, McNair Hall, Rice University
Faculty: Alex Butler, Professor of Finance, Jones Graduate School of Business
Presentation: Dr. Alex Butler will discuss the duality of how academic research influences - and is influenced by - public policy, corporate practice, and classroom pedagogy. The talk will challenge the notion of academic research being merely academic, using examples from his research about corrupt state politics, biased media, and zealous corn farmers.
Dr. Butler is a professor of finance at the Jones School, Rice University. His research is in empirical corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets, and focuses on external financing decisions of firms, governments, and individuals. He received the Jones School’s Award for Scholarship Excellence in 2011 and again in 2012. His research papers have been nominated for or have won nine awards from journals and professional associations, and it has been published in all the top finance journals. Dr. Butler teaches financial markets and corporate finance in the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. programs at the Jones School. He has a Ph.D. in finance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University.
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