Aswath Damodaran – Session 3: Managers, Markets And MoralityVW Staff
This session extended the discussion of everything that can wrong in the real world. Lenders, left unprotected, will be exploited. Information can be noisy and markets can be irrational. Social costs can be large. Relating back to class, I have a couple of items on the agenda and neither requires extensive reading or research. I would like you to think about market efficiency without any preconceptions. You may believe that markets are short term, volatile and over react, but I would like you to consider the basis of these beliefs. Is it because you have anecdotal evidence or because you have been told it is so or is it based upon something more concrete? i also want to think about how managers in publicly traded companies can position themselves best to consider the public good, without being charitable with other people’s money, as a precursor to the next class. We have spent a couple of sessions being negative – managers are craven, markets are noisy and bondholders get ripped off. In the next session, we will take a more prescriptive look at what we should be doing in this very imperfect world.