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Gilbert joined the Foster School Department of Finance and Business Economics in 2008, after completing his doctoral work at UC-Berkeley (from which, he notes in Poets & Quants, his diploma was signed by “The Terminator” himself, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger).
Gilbert teaches the core managerial finance courses in Foster’s Full-time MBA Program. Poets & Quants notes that his students describe him as “dynamic,” “helpful,” “patient” and “caring”—the kind of teacher who makes “intimidating” content “fun.”
The profile also reveals that Gilbert:
- was inspired to become a professor by his father, Dr. Gilbert, who was director of research at the World Health Organization;
- aspired to be Pope as a child, but would settle for ski bum and part-time archeologist if the finance thing ever gets old;
- can perform a hand-stand pushup (among other Crossfit feats of strength);
- loves Belgian comic books, “too many movies” and “Seinfeld;”
- enjoys classical music;
- doesn’t do social media.
On the professional side, Gilbert has been selected MBA Core Professor of the Year five times at Foster. He also has won the PACCAR Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), the Charles E. Summer Outstanding Teaching Award (2011), the Daniel R. Siegel Service Award (2011) and the Ph.D. Program Mentoring Award (2012).
Gilbert’s research investigates financial markets, asset pricing and portfolio choice. His recent publications include studies finding that:
- investors value timing over precision when it comes to macroeconomic indicators;
- market reaction to old macroeconomic news—when it’s newly presented—creates an opportunity for savvy arbitrageurs;
- macroeconomic indicators are inaccurate, but financial markets know the truth;
- managing shared assets—public pension plans, endowments, natural resources—fairly over the long-term requires a reduction of investment risk and benefit payouts;
- the size and risky investment of university endowments is driven more by the quest for prestige than by altruism; and
- cash held by corporations is actually not cash but rather is invested in financial markets.
In the Poets & Quants article, Gilbert says that he’d love to see even more “connections between faculty and the companies who hire our students so that what we teach and the way we teach it can be in line with the expectations, demands and wishes of the real world.”
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