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Spring 2009 Seminar

International Corporate Governance, Development and Finance

Meeting Mondays, 3:35 – 5:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall, Room 65

Sponsored by the Institute for Law & Economics


[Student Syllabus]

Monday, January 26

Monday, February 2
Janis Sarra, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver, Canada and Director of the National Centre for Business Law

Topic: Credit Derivatives Market Design, Creating Fairness and Sustainability

Monday, February 9
Katharina Pistor, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Topic: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Finance

Monday, February 16
No Class

Monday, February 23
Brian Cheffins, Professor of Law, University of Cambridge

Topic: Private Enforcement of Corporate Law: An Empirical Comparison of the UK and US

Monday, March 2
Class Discussion

Monday, March 9
Tade Okediji, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Topic: Social Fragmentation and Economic Growth: Evidence from Developing Countries

Monday, March 16
Spring Break: No Seminar

Monday, March 23
Kevin Davis, Beller Family Professor of Business Law, New York University School of Law

Topic: Civil Remedies for Corruption in Government Contracting

Monday, March 30
Paul Vaaler, Associate Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Topic: Residual state ownership, policy stability and financial performance following strategic decisions by privatizing telecoms (co-authored with Burkhard N Schrage) [Paper]

Monday, April 6
Ross Levine, James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics and Director, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics, Brown University

Topic: Bank Governance, Regulation and Risk Taking (co-authored with Luc Laeven) [Paper]

Monday, April 13
Ian Lee, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Topic: Implications of Sen's Concept of Commitment for the Economics Understanding of the Corporation

Monday, April 20
Claire A. Hill, Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar, University of Minnesota Law School
Avner Ben-Ner, Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Topic: Negative Dimensions of Identity

Also read: Reducing the Negative Consequences of Identity: A Potential Role for the Nonprofit Sector in the Era of Globalization [Paper]

Recommended Reading: Identity and In-group/Out-group Differentiation in Work and Giving Behaviors: Experimental Evidence by Avner Ben-Ner, Brian P. McCall, Massoud Stephane, and Hau Wang [Paper]

Monday, April 27
Vikramaditya Khanna, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Topic: Corporate Governance, Enforcement, and Firm Value: Evidence from India

Wednesday, April 29
Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor in Islam and the Social Sciences, Duke University

Topic: The Rule of Law in Islamic Thought and Practice: A Historical Perspective

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