Blue bag lunch talks

The Center on Finance, Law & Policy’s “blue bag lunches” aim to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and showcase the work being done at the University of Michigan on issues related to finance, law, and policy. Faculty are welcome to present research related to finance, law, and policy at any stage at these monthly events–from general questions and ideas, to works-in-progress, to published work. The upcoming blue bag talks for the winter 2023 semester will be held virtually over Zoom. 

When classes are in session, Blue Bag Lunches are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from Noon – 1 p.m.  Presentations are open to all with registration required. 

The Blue Bag Lunch Talk speakers for the 2022-23 academic year will be:

September 8, 2022 - Professor Nejat Seyhun

October 6, 2022 - Dr. Trina Shanks

November 3, 2022 - Dr. Debotri Dhar

December 8, 2022 - Professor Ed Fox

January 12, 2023 - Professor Catherine Hausman

February 2, 2023 - Professor Jeffery Zhang

March 9, 2023 - Professor Sanjukta Paul

April 6, 2023 - Professor JJ Prescott




Sanjukta Paul

Upcoming talk: Sanjukta Paul

When we think about the historical relationship between antitrust law and labor coordination, we tend to assume that before there was an explicit “labor exemption,” collective bargaining and other collective action among workers was viewed as anti-competitive. Yet that idea was developed much later than commonly assumed. Debates leading up to the Clayton Act of 1914 form an important episode leading up to that contested development. This draft chapter, part of a larger book project, considers this episode in the context of surrounding developments in the law, in economic thought, and in  the organization of economic activity. A less-familiar view of competition and markets (from the modern perspective —one focused on distinguishing between fair and unfair competition—also had an important role in the debates leading to Progressive Era antitrust legislation. This view of markets acknowledges that competition is always channeled in particular qualitative directions—guided by, among other things, law—and is also always accompanied by particular, legally-conditioned forms of economic coordination.

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Past talks

Catherine Hausman Teaser Image
January 12, 2023

Catherine Hausman

A Policy Proposal: Energy Policy for Innovation and Economic Growth
February 01, 2023


The Macroprudential Myth
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Trina Shanks Image teaser
October 06, 2022

Trina Shanks

Reconsidering reparations: Building on existing models in college access and home ownership
November 03, 2022

Debotri Dhar

Sexual violence, gendered economies, risky subjects
Ed Fox Teaser Image
December 08, 2022

Ed Fox

Who Benefits from Corporate Tax Cuts? Evidence from Banks and Credit Unions around the TCJA
March 10, 2022

Casey Pierce

Bringing the gig economy to healthcare: What telehealth means for mental health therapists
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April 7, 2022

Charlotte Cavaille

Much ado about debt?
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September 08, 2022

Nejat Seyhun

Race Difference in Insiders' Access to Information
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February 03, 2022

Kristin Seefeldt

Helping across generations and impacts on retirement and retirement planning
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January 13, 2022

Nadya Malenko

Board dynamics over the startup life cycle
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December 02, 2021

Jerry Davis

Taming corporate power in the 21st century
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November 04, 2021

James R. Hines Jr.

High tax heresy
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October 07, 2021

Gabriel Rauterberg

Two public/private divides revisited
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September 09, 2021

Emmanuel Yimfor

Misconduct Synergies
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May 06, 2021

Nejat Seyun

Insider Giving
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April 01, 2021

Dean Yang

The Myth of the "Millionaire Mindset": Experimental Evidence from Filipino Entrepreneurs
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March 11, 2021

Terri Friedline

Banking on a Revolution: Why Financial Technology Won't Save a Broken System
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February 04, 2021

Peter Adriaens

Sustainability Scrutiny in the Financial Markets: Policy, Perception and the Probability of Material ESG Risk
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January 21, 2021

Linda Tesar

The Macroeconomics of COVID-19
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December 03, 2020

H. Luke Shaefer

Journey to a Fully Refundable Tax Credit in the United States
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November 5, 2020

Eduardo Montero

Cooperative Property Rights and Development: Evidence from Land Reform in El Salvador
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October 01, 2020

Tawanna Dillahunt and Julie Hui

Technological Support for Entrepreneurship Among Marginalized Communities
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September 10, 2020

Jeremy Kress

Domesticating Foreign Violence
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