Margaret Blair

Margaret Blair is an economist who focuses on corporate law and finance. She is a Professor of Law (Emerita) and the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise (Emerita) at Vanderbilt University. Her current research focuses on five areas: team production and the role of corporate boards of directors, the legal concept of "personhood," the historical treatment of corporations by the Supreme Court, the role of private-sector governance arrangements in contract enforcement, and the problem of excessive leverage in financial markets.

Two Years After the Business Roundtable Statement: Pointing in the Right Direction

The 2019 Business Roundtable statement was a welcome break from the position that the nation’s top corporate CEOs took in 1997, when...

Corporations Are Governance Mechanisms, Not Shareholder Toys

Milton Friedman’s shareholder credo is simple and catchy but has shaky foundations. Corporate directors and officers are not agents of shareholders and...

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Stakeholder Motivations for “Private Sanctions” Against Russia

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The Wicked Problem Embodied by The Twitter Files

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Study Shows Universal Bank Trades Are Informed by Private Commercial Borrower Information

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Industrial Policy Is a Seductive Mirage

Industrial policy was once so out of fashion that it was jokingly called “the policy that shall not be named.” Now it’s...

Antitrust Deregulation is Undermining Innovation

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The Real Danger of the Twitter Files

The Editor-in-chief of the Italian news publication Domani shares his concerns about what's been left out of the controversial Twitter Files conversation...