Alumni

Saving Capitalism from the Capalists

Instituto Millenium

VALE

Insper

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Brazil

May 27, 2011: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Professor Luigi Zingales will discuss the main topics in his thought-provoking book, Saving Capitalism from Capitalists, on how to foster the financial markets to create wealth and overcome risks.

Where

Auditorium Steffi e Max Perlman
Campus Insper
Rua Quata, 300 Vila Olimpia
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Cost

No Charge

Program

8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Welcome Coffee

9:00 AM-9:15 AM: Claudio Haddad & Paulo Uebel

9:15 AM-10:00 AM: Luigi Zingales

Speaker Profiles

Luigi Zingales (Speaker)
Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Chicago Booth

Luigi Zingales studies the theory of the firm, the relationship between organization and financing, and the going-public decision. Currently, he has been involved in developing the best interventions to cope with the aftermath of the financial crisis. He also co-developed the Financial Trust Index, which is designed to monitor the level of trust that Americans have toward their financial system. In addition to holding his position at Chicago Booth, Zingales is currently a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a fellow of the European Governance Institute. He is also the director of the American Finance Association and an editorialist for Il Sole 24 Ore, the Italian equivalent of the Financial Times. Zingales also serves on the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, which has been examining the legislative, regulatory, and legal issues affecting how public companies function.

His research has earned him the 2003 Bernácer Prize for the best young European financial economist, the 2002 Nasdaq award for best paper in capital formation, and a National Science Foundation Grant in economics. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance and the American Economic Review.

His book, Saving Capitalism from Capitalists, coauthored with Raghuram G. Rajan, has been acclaimed as "one of the most powerful defenses of the free market ever written" by Bruce Bartlett of National Review Online. Martin Wolf of the Financial Times called it "an important book."

Born in Italy, a country with high inflation and unemployment which has inspired his professional interests as an economist, Zingales carries with him a political passion and the belief that economists should not just interpret the world, they should change it for the better. Commenting on his method of teaching on a few very important lessons rather than a myriad of details, Zingales says, "Twenty years from now they might have forgotten all the details of my course, but hopefully they will not have forgotten the way of thinking.”

Zingales received a bachelor's degree in economics summa cum laude from Università Bocconi in Italy in 1987 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1992.

In addition to teaching and researching, Zingales enjoys cooking and spending time with his children.

Questions

Haleigh Johnson 
Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs
773.702.9187

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