Benjamin M. Blau
Ben Blau is a professor and the holder of the George S. Eccles Endowed Chair in Finance at Utah State University. Since arriving at USU in 2009, Ben has won multiple awards, including the 2012 Huntsman School of Business Teacher of the Year and the 2013 Huntsman School Researcher of the Year. Before joining the faculty at Utah State, he taught at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University and received an undergraduate teaching award in 2009. Ben’s research interests include financial development, asset pricing, market microstructure, and banking. He has published approximately seventy articles in academic journals, such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. 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.