Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school to attend, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we profile Gary B. Gorton from the Yale School of Management.
Gary B. Gorton (“Capital Markets”) has been the Frederick Frank Class of 1954 Professor of Management and Finance at the Yale School of Management (SOM) since 2008, before which he taught at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Gorton is formerly a director of the research program on banks and the economy for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a senior economist at the Federal Reserve in Philadelphia, and his research focuses on such topics as the role of stock markets, banks and bank regulation. His book Slapped by the Invisible Hand: The Panic of 2007 (Oxford University Press, USA, 2010) offers an in-depth analysis and discussion of the recent financial crisis. Gorton, who studied bank crises as part of his PhD work at the University of Rochester, notes on his Web site, “When I wrote it [the book], I never dreamed I would live through one.” The “Capital Markets” course Gorton teaches likewise focuses on the 2007 financial crisis, particularly as it related to capital markets. In it, he uses a mixture of case studies and lectures that touch on current financial events, and he expects students to keep up with the latest developments on the finance scene by reading the business sections of the New York Times, the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, and the Wall Street Journal.
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