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September 13-14, 2018
Chicago Booth Gleacher Center - 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL (Room 100)

About the Conference

For the 10th anniversary of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the Initiative on Global Markets (IGM) and the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business are organizing a conference on the causes, as well as the key players and mechanisms, of the 2008 financial crisis.

The conference venue is the Chicago Booth Gleacher Center - Room 100, located in Chicago at 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr.

The conference will be by invitation only.


Thursday, September 13

1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Debt Relief and Slow Recovery: Evidence from the Great Recession(with Amit Seru)
Tomasz Piskorski, Columbia Business School

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1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Mortgage Brokers, MERS, and the Unintended Consequences of Financial Innovation (with Stefan Lewellen)
Emily Williams, Harvard Business School

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2:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.


2:35 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. What Drove the 2003-2006 House Price Boom and Subsequent Collapse? Disentangling Competing Explanations(with Samuel Kruger and Gonzalo Maturana)
John Griffin, University of Texas - Austin
3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. Predatory Lending and Hidden Risks(with Gene Amromin, Itzhak Ben-David, Souphala Chomsisengphet, and Douglas D. Evanoff)
Sumit Agarwal, National University Singapore

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4:05 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.


4:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Bank Equity and Banking Crises(with Wei Xiong and Emil Verner)
Matthew Baron, Cornell University

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5:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m
Diagnostic Expectations and Price Bubbles(with Nicola Gennaioli and Pedro Bordalo)
Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University

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Friday, September 14

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. The Impact of Pensions and Insurance on Global Yield Curves(with Robin Greenwood)
Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, University of California Berkeley

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9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. How Monetary Tightening Shaped the Housing Boom(with Itamar Drechsler and Philipp Schnabl)
Alexi Savov, New York University Stern School of Business

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10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Accounting for Financial Stability: Lesson from the Financial Crisis and Future Challenges(with Jannis Bischof andChristian Laux)
Christian Leuz, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. The Private Use of Credit Ratings: Evidence from Investment Mandates(with Ramin Baghai and Stefan Pitschner)
Bo Becker, Stockholm School of Economics

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12:05 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Sources of Funding in a Crisis: Evidence from Investment Banks(with Jean Helwege)
Jan Jindra, Securities and Exchange Commission

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12:45 p.m. Lunch and Adjournment


The conference venue is the Chicago Booth Gleacher Center - Room 100, located in Chicago at 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr.

The conference hotel is the Loews Chicago.

Loews Chicago – Conference Hotel
455 N. Park Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 

Conference organizers

  • Christian Leuz, Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting, Co-Director of the Initiative on Global Markets, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Amit Seru, Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Amir Sufi, Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Co-Director of the Initiative on Global Markets, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Faculty Director of the Stigler Center, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

For more information, contact:

Peggy Eppink, Associate Director, IGM

Disclaimer: Students should never miss class to attend optional programming. The Deans’ Office will not support requests for absences due to participation on a trek, event, conference, or trip as excused.