MIB: Richard Sylla, NYU’s Financial Historian

This week, on our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with Richard Sylla, professor emeritus of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Sylla is the author of several books, including “A History of Interest Rates.” He is also Chairman of the Board of the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Sylla notes that interest rates in recent years are “the lowest in history, from the Code of Hammurabi to Babylon Civilization, Greek and Roman Civilization, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early modern history, right up until the present. I can assure listeners that the rates we have now are the lowest in human history.”

He was one of the first students to major in economics at Harvard; post graduate career then took him to the Indian Statistical Institute at Calcutta, before returning to Harvard to earn his MA and PhD. in Economics.

A few favorite books are referenced here; our conversation transcript will be published here (eventually).

You can stream/download the full conversation, including the podcast extras on iTunesBloombergOvercast, and Stitcher. Our earlier podcasts can all be found on iTunesStitcherOvercast, and Bloomberg.

Next week, we speak with venture capitalist Bill Janeway, and former Warburg Pincus banker, where he co-founded and funded BEA Systems.




Richard Sylla Authored Books

Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography by Richard Sylla


A History of Interest Rates, Fourth Edition by Sidney Homer and Richard Sylla


Genealogy of American Finance by Robert Wright, Richard Sylla, and Charles Royce


Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt by David Cowen and Richard Sylla



Richard Sylla Favorite Books

The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham

A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 by Milton Friedman and Anna Jacobson Schwartz


The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Complete Set of 27 Volumes by Harold Syrett and Jacob Cooke


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