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Letter from the Founding Director

I welcome you to the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School. We bring together the School’s world-class faculty members, who approach financial studies from multiple disciplines, its talented student body, its active alumni, and its engaged external constituencies. The program provides a broad spectrum of initiatives, bridging the theory and practice of finance through activities that are detailed in these pages. We hope you find these resources valuable and exciting.

As a nascent organization, we embrace the unique opportunity to contribute in novel ways to the Columbia Business School mission: to create and disseminate original ideas, to be unrivaled in the education of future leaders, and to actively participate in the creation and oversight of business practice and policy.

Thank you to everyone who provides their support to the Program for Financial Studies. We treasure your palpable enthusiasm for our initiatives to date, and we appreciate your ongoing support for the additional initiatives which we will be introducing.

Please join us!

Professor Laurie Simon Hodrick
A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business
Founding Director and Chair of the Advisory Board, Program for Financial Studies