Robert Battalio

Robert Battalio is a professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame. His primary area of interest involves the relationship between financial market design and trading costs. Robert’s research has appeared in leading finance and accounting journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. In June 2014 he testified before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ Hearing on Conflicts of interest, Investor Loss of Confidence, and High Speed Trading in U.S. Stock Markets and in October 2015 he testified before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee. More recently, Robert has served as a panelist on SIFMA’s Equity Market Roundtables in September 2022 and in April 2023.

Short Selling and the Regional Bank Crisis

Capital markets are central to capitalism and the functioning of the US economy. Yet, short-selling, an integral part of price discovery in capital markets, has been blamed as a contributor to the recent banking crisis. Lawmakers and interest groups have labeled short sellers opportunists who prey on small investors and the public without justification. The authors shed light on this debate and question the merit of the allegations.

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