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Joseph R. Mason
Hermann Moyse, Jr./Louisiana Bankers Association Endowed Chair of Banking
Russell B. Long Professorship in Finance

Department of Finance - Professor
2913 Business Education Complex North
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6255
Fax: 225-578-6366
Email: masonj@lsu.edu




Biographical Summary
Dr. Mason holds a PhD and MS in Economics from the University of Illinoois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Economics from Arizona State University. He was formerly a Financial Economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the International Monetary Fund.
Education
MS Economics, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Ph D Economics, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
BS Economics, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Courses Taught
FIN 3460 - RISK MANAGEMENT
FIN 3930 - FINANCE INTERNSHIP
FIN 7520 - SEM IN FIN RES METH
FIN 7632 - SEM COMMERCIAL BKG
FIN 7633 - FINANCIAL MARKETS
FIN 7650 - SM FIN MKTS/INTERMED
FIN 7720 - ENERGY FINANCE
FIN 7900 - IND STUDY IN FIN
FIN 7930 - FINANCE INTERNSHIP
FIN 8900 - PREDISSERT RESEARCH
FIN 9000 - DISSERTATION RES
Interests
Teaching Interest: Financial Intermediation, Financial Institutions, Banking
Research Interest: My academic research focuses on financial intermediation and economic growth, with special emphasis on financial innovation and the role it plays in financial expansions as well as financial crises.
Selected Research Publications

Fundamentals, Panics and Bank Distress during the Depression. Mason, J., and Calomiris, C. (2003). American Economic Review, 93(5), 1615-1647.

Contagion and Bank Failures during the Great Depression: The Chicago Banking Panic of June 1932. Calomiris, C., and Mason, J. (1997). American Economic Review, 87(5), 863-884.

Books

Structuring for Leverage: CPDOs, SIVs, and ARSs. Mason, J. (2009). In Robert Litan, Richard Herring, and Yasuyuki Fuchita (Eds.), Prudent Lending Restored: Securitization after the 2007 Mortgage Securities Meltdown. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Professional and Service Activities
Scholarship Committee, Committee Member
Employed by LSU since:
July 1, 2008
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