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The Subprime Mortgage Crisis, The “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,” and Your Questions

This Brown Bag Lunch presentation was recorded on October 9, 2008.

Robert Hansen, Senior Associate Dean of Tuck Business School
Mark Latham, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Includes: An overview of how the subprimes became “securitized,” Q&A on how the crisis transpired and the effect of the bill on our economy and our legal system.

Homeowner Rescue Bill / Bailout crisis — Issues to consider:
How it will affect availability or payback on your student loans, your credit eligibility, your money management, your investment and savings planning,

Whether it might affect your job-hunting success and change your search strategy,

How it will affect your legal practice—in everything from energy law to bankruptcy, from family law to environmental enforcement.

Whether an unprecedented and potentially unconstitutional delegation of power to the Secretary of the Treasury will have an effect on day-to-day business and the ability to bring citizen suits, shareholder suits, or on availability of public funds for other federal programs and departments.

About Robert Hansen:
Professor Hansen’s has taught Managerial Economics, securities markets and investment banking, investments, public policy, environmental economics, social institutions and equilibrium, and most recently, managerial applications of game theory.

His research interests are in the general areas of industrial organization, law and economics, and the economics of auctions and bidding. He has published articles in The American Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Business, Northwestern Law Review, International Review of Law and Economics, and The Journal of Industrial Economics, among others. His latest publication is entitled “Auctions of Companies,” in Economic Inquiry, and his current work-in-progress is in the area of industrial organization for project-oriented industries where syndication plays an important role, as in the investment banking, legal services, and construction industries.


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