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Foreword: On Financial Innovation and Economic Growth

Spring 2004 | Financial Engineering | Paper
Merton, Robert C. "Foreword: On Financial Innovation and Economic Growth." Harvard China Review (spring 2004): 2-3.

The Real Problem with Pensions

December 2004 | Life-Cycle Savings/Investment | Paper
Merton, Robert C. “The Real Problem with Pensions.” Forethought. Harvard Business Review 82, no. 12 (December 2004): 21-22. (HBS Reprint #F0412H.)

Do a Firm’s Equity Returns Reflect the Risk of Its Pension Plan?

2004 | Risk Management/Stocks | Paper
Jin, Li, Robert C. Merton, and Zvi Bodie. "Do a Firm's Equity Returns Reflect the Risk of Its Pension Plan?" Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 05-011, 2004. (Also NBER Working Paper Series, No. 10650.)

Footnote Reporting Distorts Impact of Stock Options

March 16 2003 | Derivatives/Options | Paper
Bodie, Zvi, Robert S. Kaplan, and Robert C. Merton. “Footnote Reporting Distorts Impact of Stock Options.” The Boston Globe, March 16, 2003.

For the Last Time: Stock Options are an Expense

March 2003 | Derivatives/Options | Paper
Bodie, Zvi, Robert S. Kaplan, and Robert C. Merton. “For the Last Time: Stock Options are an Expense.” Harvard Business Review 81, no. 3 (March 2003): 62-71. (HBS Reprint #R0303D.)

A Better Way to Motivate Staff

August 8, 2003 | Miscellaneous | Paper
Mendoza, Roberto G., Peter Hancock, and Robert C. Merton. “A Better Way to Motivate Staff.” The Financial Times, August 8, 2003.

Transparency, Risk Management and International Financial Fragility

2003 | Risk Management/Stocks | Paper
Draghi, Mario, Francesco Giavazzi, and Robert C. Merton. "Transparency, Risk Management and International Financial Fragility" Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 03-118, 2003. (Also NBER Working Paper Series, No. 9806.)