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University of Nevada Las Vegas  
BEH 514-A


Dept. of Finance
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Box 6008
Las Vegas NV 89154


Dept. of Finance
Lee Business School




Paul Thistle is Professor and Chair of Finance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He earned his B.B.A. from the University of Portland and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Department, he taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Alabama and Western Michigan University. During 1990-1991 he was a Heubner Post-Doctoral Fellow in Insurance at the Wharton School. He teaches the photocourses in insurance and risk management and corporate risk management as well as other courses in finance. He is Past President of the Risk Theory Society and Vice President of the American Risk and Insurance Association.

His research interests are primarily in insurance economics and corporate finance. His current projects focus on liability insurance, public policy on the use of genetic tests in insurance and on CEO compensation. He has published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, Journal of Business, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Review of Economics and Statistics and other journals.

Spring 2015
Office Hours: TR 9:00-10:00 am or by appointment

  FIN 322 Insurance and Risk Management
  Final Exam Answer Key Posted

The best online tools for personal finance HERE (from WSJ)
All the financial advice you need fits on a 4x6 index card
USGS Earthquake Map
Productivity and Lifehacks for College Students
Are you in the 1%? Find out here: US Income Distribution, 2010
What are Good Grades Worth?
Can Money Buy Happiness? (WSJ)
Is College Worth It? (Priceonomics)
Can You Live on the Minimum Wage? (NYT)
What would disappear (NYT)
Employment Opportunity
Why Studying is Better Than Sex
Danger of Death (Don't worry about asteriod strikes)
The Odds of Dying (Don't worry about asteroid strikes)
How Not to Kill YOurself With Household Items
Workers Comp: How Much is a Limb Worth?
Are you afraid of snakes?
Ten most ticketed cars and Another view
Dream Big
A very good introduction to key concepts Financial Crisis for Beginners (from Baseline Scenario)

Countries Exposure to Bank Failure

The underlying research is HERE

Why Detroit Went Broke (Detroit Free Press)
LIBOR Rigging Fraud (Bloomberg)
The History of Greek Defaults (Investopedia)
A Spectator's Guide to the Euro Crisis (NYT)
Bank Failures since Jan 2008 (WSJ Interactive)
"What's your Economic Outlook?" (NYT Interactive)
Check Banks' Troubled Asset Ratios: Banktracker
Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Proposal
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Final Report
"Foreclosure Fraud for Dummies" (Rortybomb)
Part 1: The Chains and Stakes
Part 2: What is a Note and Why is it So Important?
Part 3: Why are Servicers So Bad at Their Job?
Part 4: How Could This Explode into a Systemic Crisis?
Part 5: The Necessity of Government Action and Ways Out of the Crisis

Why Banks Get Bailed Out I: "Discretion and Financial Regulation" (Interfluidity - S.R. Waldman) "Given the discretion to do so, financial regulators will always do the wrong thing."

Why Banks Get Bailed Out II: "The Next Financial Crisis: It's Coming and We Just Made It Worse" (Boone and Johnson TNR Nov. 2009)
Why Banks Get Bailed Out III: "Banking on the State" (Haldane and Alessandi Nov 2009)
"The Value of the 'Too Big To Fail' Big Bank Subsidy" (Baker and McArthur CEPR)
The Most Indebted Man in the World
Is Anything Too Big To Fail?
MORE INFORMATION: Financial Crisis and Recession HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Financial and Economics News and Blogs HERE

Risk Management Blogs
Risk Management Monitor (RIMS)
Clear Risk Blog
Operational Risk Management
Enterprise Resiliance Management

Health Care and Health Care Reform HERE
""U.S. Health Care is a Mess" (
Transparency in Medical Pricing
IOM Report Summary and Recommendations

Liability, Insurance and the Incentive to Obtain Information About Risk, with V. Bajtelsmit, Geneva Risk and Isurance Revew, forthcoming
Managerial Compensation: Luck, Skill or Labor Markets, with J. Brookman, Journal of Corporate Finance, (2013) 21: 252-268.
Background Risk in the Principal Agent Model, with J. Ligon, Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, (2013) 38:115-126.
The IPO Market as a Screening Device and the Going Public Decision: Evidence from Acquisitions of Privately- and Publicly-Held Firms, with T. Mantecon, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, (October, 2011) 37: 325-361.
A Tale of Two Internet Service Providers: A Risk Management Perspective, with R. Aalberts and P. Poon, Communications of the ACM, (April, 2010) 53: 119-123. 
Negligence, Ignorance and the Demand for Liability Insurance, with V. Bajtelsmit, Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, (December 2009) 34:105-116
Detours and Frolics on the Internet: Employer Liability and Management Control of Cybertorts, with R. Aalberts and D. Hames, Journal of Business Research, (December 2009) 62:1335-1341.
CEO Tenure, the Risk of Termination and Firm Value, with J. Brookman, Journal of Corporate Finance, (June 2009) 15: 1335-1341
The Reasonable Person Negligence Standard and Liability Insurance, with V. Bajtelsmit, Journal of Risk and Insurance, (December 2008), 75:815-823.
Adverse Selection with Frequency and Severity Risk: Alternative Risk Sharing Provisions, with J. Ligon, Journal of Risk and Insurance, (December 2008), 75: 825-846
More publications and working papers, HERE





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