Economists’ Hubris - The Case of Award Winning Finance Literature
Journal of Financial Transformation, Vol. 31, pp 9-17, March 2011
10 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2010 Last revised: 15 May 2012
Date Written: November 30, 2010
In this fifth article in the Economists’ Hubris series, we investigate the practical applications of eight papers that won best-article awards in 2008 and 2009 from the Journal of Finance or the Journal of Financial Economics, the two leading journals in finance. We find that these articles are unlikely to help financial executives improve the way they evaluate risk or manage either risk or their institutions. Finance academics appear to live in a parallel universe, completely oblivious to the nature of the financial services sector that they purport to study. Some of the papers do challenge long-held beliefs, which is very encouraging, but academics still need to go much further than that to write articles that are of any practical value.
Keywords: Academic Finance, Financial Institutions, Efficient Market Hypothesis, Applied Finance, Economic Literature, Quantitative Finance
JEL Classification: G1, G2, G14, A2, C0
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