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Cookson, J. Anthony Associate Professor


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  • J. Anthony Cookson's research focuses on the intersection between corporate finance, industrial organization, household finance, and law and economics, and has applications to the American casino industry, American Indian tribal economic development, and the determinants of bank mergers. He has published or has forthcoming articles in The Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and the Review of Financial Studies.


  • corporate finance, credit and banking, industrial organization, household finance, financial decision-making, law and economics, applied econometrics


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courses taught

  • FNCE 2010 - Fundamentals of Financial Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Prepares students for financial analysis. Covers mathematical and statistical topics required for such analysis, including derivatives, optimization, integration, probability, inference and regression. Students will become proficient in using the tools and applying them to various financial contexts using analytics Excel, and R.
  • FNCE 7200 - Doctoral Seminar: Empirical Research Methods in Finance
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Develops an understanding of current empirical methods used to examine research issues related to corporatefinance and the capital markets.
  • MSBC 5030 - Quantitative Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Covers foundations for statistical reasoning and statistical applications in business. Topics include graduate level treatment of descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions, sampling theory and sampling distributions and statistical inference (estimation and hypothesis testing). Provides an introduction to regression analysis, analysis of variance, time series forecasting, decision analysis, index numbers, and nonparametric methods.
  • MSBC 5220 - MS Investment Management & Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers managing investment portfolios by blending academic theories and evidence with practitioner experience. Topics include risk and return relationships, securities, value theory (capital asset, arbitrage, and option pricing), portfolios, and performance evaluations.


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