The Robert T. LeClair Finance Department Seminar Series extends the curriculum by inviting leading scholars to speak with VSB students on leading issues within the finance industry. Past topics have included responsible investing and investment decision-making; the costs and benefits of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for university endowments; and the pitfalls of central clearing in the derivatives markets. 


Seminars this fall are held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in Bartley 2010.


September 24, 2021 Shaun Davies
University of Colorado at Boulder      
Index-Linked Trading and Stock Returns
October 29, 2021 Ben Keys
University of Pennsylvania
The Cost of Consumer Collateral: Evidence from Bunching
November 5, 2021 Andy Puckett
University of Tennessee
TAXI! Do Mutual Funds Pursue and Exploit Information on Local Companies?


Shaun Davies

Shaun Davies is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Research Director of the Burridge Center for Finance at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his MBA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor Davies is also a CFA charterholder, and previously worked as a fixed income research analyst at Smith Breeden Associates, Inc.

Professor Davies’ research focuses on asset management, ETFs, target-date funds, socially responsible investing, and crowdfunding. His research has appeared in prestigious journals such as the American Economic Journal: MicroeconomicsJournal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies

Ben Keys

Ben Keys is the Rowan Family Foundation Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Wharton’s Real Estate department, Professor Keys was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. Earlier, he worked as a staff economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the Division of Research and Statistics and a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution. He earned his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and his BA from Swarthmore College.

Professor Keys’ research interests are in household finance, mortgage finance, real estate, applied econometrics, labor economics, and urban economics. His research has been published in several journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. Professor Keys is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the Academic Research Council of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

Andrew Puckett

Andy Puckett is a Professor and Finance PhD Program Director in the Department of Finance at the University of Tennessee. Puckett joined the UT faculty in 2009, after having served on the faculty at the University of Missouri. He received his PhD in Finance from the University of Georgia and his undergraduate degree in Finance from Auburn University.

Professor Puckett’s primary research interests are in the areas of institutional investing, analysts, taxes, and market microstructure. He has published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Accounting Studies, Management Science, Journal of Corporate Finance, and other leading finance and accounting journals. 


2021-2022 seminar schedule is organized by Paul Hanouna and Raisa Velthuis. Please contact either Paul or Raisa for more information.