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Ben Blau

Ben Blau

Assistant Professor
Departments: Economics and Finance
Employee Type: Faculty
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. Benjamin 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.  In 2012, he was recognized as the Huntsman School Teacher of the Year.  Ben’s research interests revolve around the efficiency of financial markets, the effects of regulation, and the flow of information into asset prices.  He has published approximately 25 articles in top financial economics journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, and the Journal of Empirical Finance.  His article titled, “Signaling, Free Cash Flow, and Nonmonotonic Dividends” won the Outstanding Paper award in the Financial Review in 2010.  Recently, 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 SmartMoney Magazine, Reuters, and the Chicago Tribune.


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)