Dr. Lewis’s work centers on examining and analyzing regulatory policy issues. He conducts analyses and authors economic white papers to detail the impact of rulemakings and other policies. His analytical work spans new products, proposed and existing regulation, cloud computing, and mandated capital levels, among others.
Dr. Lewis served as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis from June 2011 to May 2014. During his time at the SEC, he was responsible for the economic analysis of rules promulgated and other actions taken by the SEC, including various enforcement matters.
Dr. Lewis is also currently the Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Finance at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he has taught since 1986. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Dr. Lewis primarily teaches corporate finance. His work and experience include corporate financial policy and asset pricing. Most recently, he has employed textual analysis of qualitative factors in corporate disclosures to detect potential fraud. Earlier work included topics such as convertible debt financing, corporate capital formation, forecasting stock market volatility, and herding by equity analysis.
Dr. Lewis’s research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Econometrics, as well as in other books and journals. He also serves on a number of editorial boards.
Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. and M.S. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University. He was a certified public accountant prior to completing his advanced degrees.