Ben Blau

Associate Professor and Huntsman Faculty Fellow, Utah State University, Huntsman School of Business


Ph.D., Finance, University of Mississippi, 2008

M.S., Economics, Utah State University, 2005

B.S., Finance, Utah State University, 2002

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Ben Blau is passionate about both teaching and research. Before joining the faculty at Utah State, he taught at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University, where he was recognized for “Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching” in 2009. He was also recognized as the Huntsman School Teacher of the Year in 2012 and as the Huntsman School Researcher of the Year in 2013. 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 “Signaling, Free Cash Flow, and Non-monotonic Dividends” won the Outstanding Paper award from the Financial Review in 2010. Another article, “Trade Size and Price Clustering: The Case of Short Sales and the Suspension of Price Tests,” won the 2012 Outstanding Article award from the Journal of Financial Research. His research has also been highlighted in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney magazine, and Politico.

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Expert witness, financial economics, securities class action, empirical asset pricing, market microstructure, the financial system

Industry Experience

Financial markets and securities

Corporate finance

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American Finance Association

Financial Management Association

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