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PER Live Series: “Why Do (Systematic) Asset Managers Hire Economists?”

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

PER Live Series is a recurring set of discussions involving finance and business thought leaders. Topics address the important economic issues of our time.

Venue and Time:

This event will take place via Zoom meeting on Wednesday, November 11th from 11:00AM to 12:15PM (EST). A Zoom invitation will be sent to registered attendees the morning of the event. Registration details below.

This event is open to the public, but designed for Job Market Candidates and other Columbia University graduate students in Economics.





Adam RejAdam Rej, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Capital Fund Management (CFM)
Adam Rej is an Executive Director at Capital Fund Management. He completed his PhD at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and he held postdoctoral positions at Imperial College London, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and École Normal Supérieure in Paris. He joined CFM in 2014 and focuses on systematic global macro research.


David ThesmarProfessor David Thesmar, Ph.D.
Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
David Thesmar is the Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research has been published widely in leading academic journals, and focuses on behavioral economics, corporate finance and asset management. He is currently a senior research advisor at Capital Fund Management.

Powerpoint Presentation for this Discussion


Sophia N. Johnson, Ph.D.
Program for Economic Research (PER), Columbia University



*Registration for this event is now closed. Please watch this event via our livestream, linked below.*
A Zoom invitation will be sent to all registered attendees the morning of the event.

Livestream and Accessibility:

This event was livestreamed via the Economics Department’s YouTube channel and can be watched with closed captions. The discussion can be viewed via our Livestream Link or read with the Full Transcript.

Reading Recommendations:

Prof. David Thesmer provided the below as recommended reading:
“When Genius Failed” by Roger Lowenstein
“My Life as a Quant” by Emanuel Derman

Code of Conduct:
By attending, all conference participants agree to abide by the event’s Code of Conduct.

Video and Photography Policy:
Portions of this conference will be live-streamed and all sessions will be video/audio taped. By registering, your attendance at or in participation in this conference constitutes your consent to the use and distribution by Columbia University of the attendee’s image or voice for informational live stream, publicity, promotional and/or reporting purposes in print or electronic communications media. Video recording by participants and other attendees during any portion of the conference is not allowed without special prior written permission. Photographs of copyrighted PowerPoint or other slides are for personal use only and are not to be reproduced or distributed. Do not photograph any such images that are labeled as confidential and/or proprietary.

This conference is co-sponsored by Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research (PER). Please direct all questions to


Wednesday, November 11, 2020
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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420 West 118th Street
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Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Mail Code 3308

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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