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Contact: Bruce Hall, Director, Communications



Washington, D.C. – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced that Sean Wilkoff, Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Nevada, Reno, will serve as its third visiting scholar. The MSRB’s Visiting Scholar Program was established in 2018 and provides academics with an opportunity to undertake research using MSRB data on important topics in the municipal securities market with technical assistance and support from MSRB staff.

“We are pleased to welcome Sean as a visiting scholar,” MSRB CEO Mark Kim said. “We look forward to the valuable insights his research will provide to all market participants.”

As the official repository of data and disclosures for the municipal securities market, the MSRB provides the public free access to this information through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website. Additionally, the MSRB provides data sets to universities and other research institutions to foster market transparency.

“I am excited to partner with the MSRB as I seek to analyze the impact of a more standardized disclosure regime on the municipal bond market,” Wilkoff said. “In particular, I am focusing on the effects of transparent and uniform information disclosure, along with current and emerging practices related to data disclosure within municipal bond disclosures.”

Prior to his position at the University of Nevada, Reno, Wilkoff served as a visiting assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Wilkoff worked as a consultant on municipal bond market litigations for Cornerstone Research and as a financial economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Wilkoff received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, economics, and statistics; a Master of Science in finance; and a doctorate in finance and real estate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Learn more about how the MSRB works with academia.
Read a Q&A with the MSRB’s first visiting scholar.

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) protects and strengthens the municipal bond market, enabling access to capital, economic growth, and societal progress in tens of thousands of communities across the country. The MSRB fulfills this mission by creating trust in our market through informed regulation of dealers and municipal advisors that protects investors, issuers and the public interest; building technology systems that power our market and provide transparency for issuers, institutions, and the investing public; and serving as the steward of market data that empowers better decisions and fuels innovation for the future. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.