How a Papal Law Influenced the Economic Recovery of Renaissance Rome
How does a city suffering from dereliction and decay transform into a flourishing metropolis within a mere century? A new paper by Alyssa Rusonik, PhD student at the Finance department of HEC Paris, investigates one of the greatest economic mysteries of the Renaissance. Although only in the second year of her PhD, Alyssa has received an award for the best article from a doctoral student at the annual conference of the Canadian Network for Economic History. She explains her investigations in this interview for Knowledge@HEC.
How the Global Shipping Industry Evades Corporate Responsibilities in the 2.0 Age
HEC Paris Associate Professor Guillaume Vuillemey explores the ways the maritime shipping industry has evolved in the past 40 years to systematically evade its corporate responsibilities. In his groundbreaking research he reveals how this industry – which handles over 80% of global trade flows – uses flags of convenience and limited liability to flout international and moral law. This has repercussions on the environment and basic human rights. In a 30 minutes interview, Vuillemey outlines his approach of this industry and its links to what some are calling the “dark side of globalization”. Extracts.
5 Lessons for Crypto Economy after FTX Collapse
“Is crypto about to go extinct?” The question posed by numerous media in January followed a number of major crypto companies collapsing in 2022. Global media concerns came to a climax in November with the FTX imploding and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried placed under arrest. To better gauge the stakes behind this crypto-crisis, HEC Paris Professor Bruno Biais held a Masterclass on January 19. It retraced the Bitcoin’s history, from its inception by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 to current calls for regulation. Here are five of the key takeaways.
Addressing the "S" Demands of ESG - Editorial
Because of Europe’s strong social welfare tradition, the social dimension of business has an additional legitimacy and urgency here. Top-quality research and teaching have an essential role to play in understanding growing inequalities which hinder the urgently needed ecological transition, in interrogating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, their interplay and their promise and limitations, in leveraging theory and the most ambitious empirical methods. As a leading business school and research center in France and Europe, HEC Paris’ faculty has a responsibility in providing science-based evidence and practical tools to reinvent the business of tomorrow.
Is globalization’s time up? There are two major, and conflicting, views about this tricky topic. For many economists, free trade is a natural state of the global economic system. Any upheavals – Covid-19, the war between Ukraine and Russia, the resurgence of protectionism - can only result in temporary disruptions which, sooner or later, will be corrected. They are just bursts of irrationality, arising momentarily from political forces upsetting otherwise harmonious economic balance, etc.
How AI is Affecting VC Funding of Innovative Startups
Artificial Intelligence adoption by investors might hinder the allocation of capital to breakthrough innovations. Learn more in this interview with Maxime Bonelli, PhD student in Finance at HEC Paris, on his dissertation. Maxime focuses on the real effects of new technologies and human capital in the financial sector, to help us better understand how the industrial organization of the financial sector affects the real economy.
Ukraine/Russia: The Energy Factor
Professor of Finance and Executive Director of the Société Générale Energy & Finance Chair at HEC Paris, Jean-Michel Gauthier spoke to us on March 3, one week after Russia invaded Ukraine. Jean-Michel is a veteran of the energy business. After a start in the oil and gas industry, he moved to the energy consulting for 16 years as a partner at Deloitte. In parallel, he joined HEC Paris’ finance department in 2006. The school campus is where we discuss the dramatic events developing in Ukraine. Jean-Michel focuses on a key factor behind the conflict: the question of energy. Not just the pipelines that bring Europe 40% of its natural gas and much of its oil – but also the knock-on effects on all energy sources that prop up our global economy. He helps us understand what role energy is playing in this ongoing conflict and where these upheavals could lead the entire planet.
Will the Increased Use of AI in Private Equity Cause an Industry Shakeout?
A new study developed by Thomas Åstebro, Professor of Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris, finds that the number of private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms using artificial intelligence has increased dramatically in the past decade. The study claims that while increasing efficiency overall, AI will also change deal-making processes and destroy junior-level jobs. This article summarizes the article, ‘An Inside Peek at AI Use in Private Equity’, published in the Journal of Financial Data Science (Summer 2021, jfds.2021.1.067) with Portfolio Management Research (PMR).
“The World is Watching El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment”
On September 7, El Salvador became the world’s first nation to make the cryptocurrency bitcoin legal tender across the country. This bold initiative from the tiny Central American state is dissected by HEC Paris Professor in Finance Bruno Biais, who has written several top research papers on cryptocurrency.
Should You Listen to the Wall Street Gurus?
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many households started to invest in the stock market expecting to pick the winning stocks and to take advantage of the high volatility. This phenomenon has been possible thanks to the development of trading applications such as Robinhood, which provides individual investors with the opportunity to buy and sell stocks easily. Because most individual investors do not have sufficient time and financial skills, they need to find relevant information to pick stocks. While some of them use social networks such as Twitter, Stocktwits or the WallStreetBets discussions on Reddit, other investors rely on the Wall Street gurus. Is that really a good idea to listen to them?