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Joshua White

Assistant Professor of Finance

A former SEC economist who studies financial regulation, cryptocurrency, and securities and investments.


A one-time Financial Economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Josh brings a wealth of regulatory experience to his research and the classroom. White's work has been featured in a variety of financial and legal publications, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking & Finance, Administrative Law Review Accord, and Georgia Law Review. Additionally, he has contributed to blog posts for Harvard and Columbia Law Schools and authored White Papers for the SEC. White studies how information asymmetries and divergent incentives among capital market participants affect corporate actions and value. His work focuses on the role of disclosure and securities regulation in addressing information disparities. Recent topics include mandatory and voluntary disclosure, institutional investors, boards of directors, subprime mortgages, and OTC stock promotions.

Media Appearances

  • ‘Hunker-down mode’: Juul’s difficult path forward

    In light of that, Juul is likely refocusing its priorities away from the local Prop. C fight, said Josh White, an assistant professor of finance at Vanderbilt University who has been following Juul. “What I suspect is happening is the new CEO says, ‘We’re not going to worry about this local campaign, we’ve got bigger issues to tackle — we need to engage with the FDA,’” he said. “From a finance 101 perspective, you never chase bad money with good. If they feel voters aren’t going to approve that, there’s no reason to continue spending on it.”

    October 1st, 2019

  • The FBI thinks Long Island Iced Tea’s infamous pivot to blockchain was sweetened by insider trading

    “Anytime there’s a new technology like blockchain, and there’s any kind of mania around it, this is what the fraudsters take advantage of,” said Joshua White, assistant professor of finance at Vanderbilt University.

    July 25th, 2019

  • Is Investing in Rideshares a Good Idea?

    "I don't know that I would characterize them totally as flops as portrayed in the media," says Josh White, assistant professor of finance at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management. "Lyft sold 32.5 million shares at $72 per share. It is currently priced around $55. Had they priced it at $50 and it increased to $55 quickly, we would claim this was a 'successful' IPO, but Lyft would have $500 million less in its treasury funds."

    June 4th, 2019

  • Crypto traders may not care about market manipulation, but governments do

    The boss of a major cryptocurrency exchange made a startling claim this week: Market manipulation "doesn't matter" to crypto traders, said Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken. The notion of manipulation is really a "euphemism for mind control," he added, in what may prove to be an ill-advised response to an inquiry by New York's attorney general.

    April 29th, 2019


Ph.D., University of Tennessee

B.S., University of Tennessee

M.B.A., University of Tennessee


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