Is Sarbanes-Oxley Impairing Corporate Risk-Taking?
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Most of the controversy surrounding Sarbanes-Oxley has focused on its direct, tangible costs, especially the cost of creating, installing, and auditing internal controls under section 404. But there are many intangible ways in which this legislation could be even more harmful to the U.S. economy. In this conference, participants will consider a paper by Kenneth Lehn and colleagues of the University of Pittsburgh on whether Sarbanes-Oxley is impairing corporate risk-taking.

1:45 p.m.
Peter J. Wallison, AEI
Kenneth M. Lehn, University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
Leonce L. Bargeron, University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
Chad J. Zutter, University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
Charles W. Calomiris, AEI and Columbia University
Allen Ferrell, Harvard Law School
Kate Litvak, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Peter J. Wallison, AEI
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  • Rick Geddes is associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. His research fields include private infrastructure investment through public-private partnerships, postal service policy, corporate governance, women's property rights, and antitrust policy. He is a Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Australian National University in Canberra in the fall of 2009, and a Visiting Researcher at the Australian Government's Productivity Commission in the spring of 2010. His research focused on Australian public-private partnerships in both positions. Geddes teaches courses at Cornell on corporate governance and the regulation of industry.

    In addition to his teaching and research at Cornell, Geddes served as a commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which submitted its report to Congress in January 2008. He has held positions as a senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale Law School, and National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

    In 2008, Geddes received the Kappa Omicron Nu/Human Ecology Alumni Association Student Advising Award. His published work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, and Managerial and Decision Economics, among others.

  • Email: [email protected]


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