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Baylor Finance Professor's Paper Makes Top Ten

Nov. 5, 2009

By Becca Broaddus

Baylor University Finance Professor and Carr P. Collins Chair of Finance Dr. John D. Martin's 2008 paper on the credit market crisis of 2007 is one of the top ten most downloaded papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

SSRN is the leading online repository for working papers in finance, economics, law and accounting. It devotes itself to the rapid, worldwide dissemination of social science research. Martin's company on the top ten list includes experts and professors from Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Duke University School of Law and others.

"It doesn't make me rich or famous, but it is significant as far as the amount of interest it created," Martin said.

Martin's Paper, "A Primer on the Role of Securitization in the Credit Market Crisis of 2007," was downloaded over 2,000 times, and is now required reading for the certification program of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

The paper also made a number of top ten download lists on the site, including: Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network, History of Finance Top 10, Banking & Financial Institutions Journals, Legal Scholarship Network Top Ten, Economics Research Network Top Ten, Financial Economics Network Top Ten, and Contracts & Commercial Law.

"Publishing research is the primary process by which thought leadership is recognized, at least for academics, and enhances the ability of the school to serve its students and other constituents," Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development Jeff Tanner said.

The paper, uploaded to the Web site this spring, discusses the possible contribution of securitization to the credit crisis.

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