University of Texas School of Law to Honor Kauffman Foundation Economist Robert E. Litan

Litan will be first recipient of the Massey Prize for Research in Law, Innovation, and Capital Markets

The University of Texas School of Law will honor Kauffman Foundation Vice President of research and policy, Robert E. Litan, as the inaugural recipient of the $50,000 Massey Prize for Research in Law, Innovation, and Capital Markets. Litan will speak and be honored at the Massey Prize Symposium on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at the University of Texas School of Law.

Litan oversees the Foundation's extensive program for funding data collection and research relating to entrepreneurship and economic growth. Litan has authored or co-authored more than twenty books, edited another fourteen, and authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers on a broad range of public policy issues. Read his complete biography  

In nominating Litan for the Massey Prize, Edward S. Knight (J.D., UT Law, '76), executive vice president, general counsel and chief regulatory officer of the Nasdaq Stock Market, stated: "We are in the midst of a very slow recovery from the worst financial crisis in over 70 years; that economic context motivated my nomination. The crucial importance of the capital markets and the need to reform them is widely accepted. Through his accessible, cogent, and widely-followed writing, Bob Litan has had a major impact on the debate about how to accomplish the needed reforms. His quality scholarship is grounded in his deep understanding of the core subjects, the policy making process, and the regulatory scene."

The Massey Prize was established by John H. Massey (J.D., UT Law, '66), chairman of Neuberger Berman Alternatives Advisers LLC, and his wife, Elizabeth Shatto Massey, to recognize "the importance of public policy and the rule of law in its impact on the capital markets, and therefore on the sustainability of a nation's long-term potentials for growth, economic development, and the accompanying high standards of living."

Read the University of Texas School of Law announcement