SEC economist Jennifer Marietta-Westberg to speak at Coe

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2015-10-08 15:54:36 - General

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Economist Jennifer Marietta-Westberg will present "Economic Analysis at the SEC" in an upcoming Spellman Speaker Series presentation at Coe College. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

Marietta-Westberg is deputy director and deputy chief economist for the Division of Economic Risk and Analysis (DERA) with the SEC. The DERA was created in September 2009 to integrate financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission of the SEC. The division is involved across the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement and examination. As the agency's "think tank," DERA relies on a variety of academic disciplines, quantitative and non-quantitative approaches, and knowledge of market institutions and practices to help the SEC approach complex matters in a fresh light.

DERA also assists in the SEC's efforts to identify, analyze and respond to risks and trends, including those associated with new financial products and strategies. Through the range and nature of its activities, DERA serves the critical function of promoting collaborative efforts throughout the agency and breaking through silos that might otherwise limit the impact of the agency's institutional expertise.

In 2000, Marietta-Westberg earned a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Iowa. A former assistant professor of finance at the Michigan State University, she joined the SEC in 2006. She assumed her current role at the agency in 2013.

The Spellman Speaker Series is made possible by funding from the William Spellman Memorial Fund. The fund was established in 1997 to honor the late Dr. William E. Spellman, the former department chair and George R. Baker Professor of Economics and Business Administration at Coe.

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