Member of the Month


kaneEdward J. Kane Ph.D.
James F. Cleary Professor of Finance at Boston College and
Senior Fellow at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s
Center for Financial Research

Professor Kane has been a long time member of the IAES and has held several notable positions within the organization, such as, Vice President in 2004 and President in 2005. He first came to be involved with IAES 15 years ago after he was invited to be the keynote speaker at our conference. Aside from publishing a number of books, Dr. Kane has been widely published in many professional journals and presently serves on several editorial boards, including our very own AEJ. That’s why we are happy to have him as our Member of the Month for the month of October.

Why did you become a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society?:

I first learned about the society when I was invited to keynote an IAES conference about 15 years ago.  I thought John and Kathy did a great job in organizing the conference.  I especially enjoyed its international character.

What do you find most enjoyable about your membership?:

The way in which conference sites alternate between the US and other countries attracts an unusually diverse set of members and conference papers.

Have you held any notable positions within the IAES, (Officer, Board of Editors, Program Committee, etc.) if so, when?:

Yes,  I was Vice President in 2004 and President in 2005.  I have also been a long-time member of the Board of Editors of the AEJ.

What types of projects/research are you working on and what inspired/motivated you to pursue that interest?:

My specialty is financial regulation.  Having been born and brought up in Washington, DC, I found the profession’s portrayal of policy makers in the 1960s as maximizing social welfare way too starry-eyed.  It especially bothered me that conflicts of interest, implicit taxes and expenditures, avoidance activities, and implicit regulatory costs and benefits were often assumed away.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering entering your line of work/field of study?:

My recipe for academic success is to find a set of issues you truly love and learn all you can about them by reading and interacting with others who care about the same or similar issues.  Ideas good enough to support a lifetime of satisfying research will stream  through your mind without your having to force anything.

Favorite hobby:

I am very interested in comics and cartooning and their intellectual and expositional force.


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