I’ve been sending e-mails to numerous people to let them know about my article reporting on The Silencing of Academic Researcher Wade Pfau by the Buy-and-Hold Mafia. Set forth below are reports on five brief responses.
1) Bertrand Candelon, a Professor in International Monetary Economics at Maastrich University, wrote: “Hi, Rob: Thanks for sending me your paper. I will read it and let you know.”
2) Stephen Diamond, an Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, wrote: “I will take a look and let you know my thoughts.”
3) Aoife Nolan, a Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham, wrote: “Thanks for your e-mail. I’m afraid it’s not really my area but thank for you sending the article on.”
4) Jacob Goldenberg, a Professor at the School of Business Administration at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, wrote: “I looked at the article. Although it sounds interesting, I am totally ignorant in this field. Personally, I think that in general threats like this (if indeed it happened) are unjustified. But since this is totally outside my field I think I am not the right person to give any advice.”
I replied: I understand. Thanks for taking a look. I am not seeking any particular response or advice from you. You are of course right that the intimidation tactics are unjustified. It’s a human esponse, however. The Buy-and-Holders are smart and good people. They have made huge positive contributions. Now we need to figure out how to get things to a place where they can enjoy the satisfaction that they should be feeling that we have in recent years been able to take their insights to an even better place. I don’t have all the answers. I am still trying to figure things out myself to some extent. The reactions I get from people give me little clues as to what the concerns are, etc. I believe that in time that will help me develop more effective ways to proceed.”
5) Softiane Aboura, a Finance Professor in Paris, wrote: “I did not read everything but it seems interesting. Generally industry wants to maximize its transaction costs whatever is the strategy.”