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Merton Miller and Modern Finance

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  • Rene Stulz

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In this keynote address to the 2000 Financial Management Association International Annual Meeting, I consider Merton Miller’s contributions to the field of finance. I argue that his most important contribution is to have made arbitrage arguments the cornerstone of modern finance. The arbitrage proof of Proposition I introduced a new standard in finance, namely that any result the finance profession takes seriously must have the critical property that it cannot be undermined by clever arbitrageurs. I show how arbitrage is a constant theme in Merton Miller’s career from his work in corporate finance to his analyses of financial innovation, financial crashes, and crises.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (Winter)
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Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:stulz00

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  1. Stulz, Rene M., 2006. "Merton Miller," Working Paper Series 2006-4, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.

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