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Ben Blau

Ben Blau

Associate Professor
Departments: Economics and Finance
Location:  Business 603
Office Phone:  435.797.2340
Fax:  435.797.2701


Ph.D., Finance, University of Mississippi, 2008 Emphasis: Econometrics & Micoeconomic Theory
MS, Economics, Utah State University, 2005 Emphasis: Economic Theory
BS, Finance, Utah State University, 2002 Minor: Economics


Dr. Ben Blau graduated with honors and received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Mississippi in June 2008 after receiving both his Bachelors Degree (Finance, 2002) and Masters Degree (Economics, 2005) here at Utah State University. Ben is passionate about both teaching and research. Before joining the faculty at USU, he taught at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University and was recognized for “Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching” in 2009. Ben’s research interests include empirical asset pricing, market microstructure, and the efficiency of the financial system. He has published more than three dozen articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Financial Management. His article titled, “Signaling, Free Cash Flow, and Nonmonotonic Dividends” won the Outstanding Paper award in the Financial Review in 2010. Another one of Ben’s article titled, “Trade Size and Price Clustering: The Case of Short Sales and the Suspension of Price Tests” won the 2012 Outstanding Article award at the Journal of Financial Research. His research has also been highlighted by several media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney Magazine, and Politico. In 2012, he was recognized as the Huntsman School Teacher of the Year and in 2013, he was again recognized as the Huntsman School Researcher of the Year.


Graduate Research Mentor of the Year - 2015

Researcher of the Year - 2013

Teacher of the Year - 2012


Researcher of the Year 2013 - Ben Blau

Related Huntsman News Articles

Research Finds Correlation Between Political Connections, Federal Reserve Loans (The Huntsman Post - February 2014)
My Favorite Professor: Professor Ben Blau Connects Finance to Real World News of the Day (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012)
Huntsman Students, Faculty and Staff Win Prestigious Awards (The Huntsman Post - May 2012)
Research Highlights (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2011)

Name Title Phone Location Email
Blau, Ben Associate Professor 435.797.2340 Business 603
Bowles, Tyler Professor 435.797.2378 Business 611
Brough, Tyler Assistant Professor 435.797.2369 Business 605
Caliendo, Frank Professor and Head 435.797.2963 Business 619
DeLisle, R. Jared Assistant Professor 435.797.0885 Business 612
Fawson, Christopher Executive Director of Partners in Business & Dr. Vernon Maughan Buehler and MaRee C. Buehler Endowed Professor 435.797.2320 Business 514
Feigenbaum, James Associate Professor 435.797.2316 Business 620
Findley, T. Scott Associate Professor 435.797.2371 Business 616
Fjeldsted, Paul Senior Lecturer 435.797.2172 Business 602
Gilbert, John Professor 435.797.2314 Business 604
Gorry, Aspen Assistant Professor 435.797.2397 Business 610
Gorry, Devon Assistant Professor 435.797.9098 Business 606
Harris, Lenaye Adjunct Professor   BUS 702
Hornsby, Rick Lecturer, and Graduate Program Director 435.797.5786 Business 607
Israelsen, Dwight Director – China Cooperative Academic Programs and Professor 435.797.2298 Business 608
Li, Jin Undergraduate Advisor – China Cooperative Academic Programs 435.797.3019 Business 110
Peterson, Shannon Clinical Associate Professor of Economics & Director of Huntsman Scholars Program 435.797.3966 Business 309
Romrell, Doug Lecturer
Routledge, Teri Assistant to the Department Head and Travel Specialist 435.797.2310 Business 615
Shughart II, William F. J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice 435.797.1571 Business 510
Simmons, Randy T Professor 435.797.1310 Business 516
Smith, Jason Assistant Director - China Cooperative Academic Programs and Assistant Professor 435.797.2363 Business 614
Sorenson, Donette Coordinator of Programs 435.797.2989 Business 110
Stephens, Alan Associate Professor 435.797.2367 Business 508
Whitby, Ryan Assistant Professor 435.797.9495 Business 618
Winkel , Mark S. Undergraduate Advisor – China Cooperative Academic Programs 435.797.2272 Business 110
Yonk, Ryan M Research Assistant Professor 435.797.1310 Business 512