Professor Profiles: Raymond Fisman, Columbia Business School

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when choosing a business school, but the educational experience is what 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 focus on Raymond Fisman from Columbia Business School (CBS).

Raymond Fisman, Columbia Business SchoolRanked among “The Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” by Poets&Quants, Raymond Fisman (“The Private Sector & International Development” and “Managerial Economics”) is best known for taking a somewhat unique behavioral angle to his research, examining what he calls “economic gangsters.” Fisman’s book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press, 2008) reexamines the term “gangster” alongside the opportunistic context of global economic development. In addition to contributing a monthly column to Slate magazine, Fisman has had his work featured in publications as varied as The New York Times, al Jazeera and Shanghai Daily. Poets & Quants quotes a student from the Class of 2005, who says that Fisman “shows you how economics can be used to parse a wide variety of complex business and public policy issues. He also challenges you to do the best work you have ever done.”

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