About the History of Finance Project

In 2004, The American Finance Association Board approved a project to record aspects of the History of Finance. Stephen Buser was appointed Historian with the mission to produce video interviews with important contributors to financial economic knowledge. Video of tributes to other important contributors have been added to the Masters of Finance archive. For links to streaming Flash videos of edited versions of interviews with Harry Markowitz, William Sharpe, Paul Samuelson, Robert Merton, Myron Scholes, Jack Treynor, Kenneth Arrow, Eugene Fama, Fred Weston and Michael Jensen and tributes to Fischer Black, Merton Miller, and Franco Modigliani click here. Transcripts of the full texts and links to downloadable files in MPEG-4 format of these interviews and tributes are also available below. Additional interviews with other seminal scholars in the field are planned.The AFA thanks Dimensional Fund Advisors for their generous support of this project.


The AFA is providing support for the taping of a series of lectures on the History of Financial Thought. These lectures are hosted by the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University and include lectures by Michael Brandl on Financial Thought During the Interwar Period, Peter Blair Henry on Economic Reform, Robert Dimand on Louis Bachelier and the Randomness of Asset Prices, Eugene Fama on The Efficient Markets Hypothesis, William Goetzmann on Origins of Value: East and West, Michael Jensen on A New Model of Integrity and Innovation: an Ontological Approach, Edward Kane on Theory and Practice of Financial Crisis Management, Robert Kavesh on AFA Overview and Insights, Perry Mehrling on The Story of Fischer Black, Robert Merton on Option Prices I & II, Paul Miranti on Automated Odd-Lot Trading at the NYSE from 1958 to 1976, Stewart Myers on Theory of Corporate Finance in the 1950's and 1960's and Contributions to Financial Economics,  Maureen O'Hara on Market Microstructure, Geoffrey Poitras on The Early History of Financial Economics, Mark Rubinstein on Cite Unto Others As You Would Have Them Cite Unto You and on Differences in Finance Over the Last Few Decades and Karen Wruck on Theory of Agency .

Watch the interview and tribute videos.

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