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Nobel Prize-Winning Economics Professor Faces Harassment Inquiry

Half a dozen former students allege Philip Dybvig sexually harassed them. His lawyer denies he has ever had any improper physical or verbal interactions with students.

Philip Dybvig after being awarded the Nobel Prize in Stockholm on Dec. 10.

Philip Dybvig after being awarded the Nobel Prize in Stockholm on Dec. 10.

Photographer: Christine Olsson/AFP/Getty Images

Nobel laureate Philip Dybvig is facing an inquiry by Washington University in St. Louis about allegations of sexual harassment by a former student. 

Dybvig, who has been a banking and finance professor at the university since 1990 and won this year’s economics prize for his research on bank panics, was questioned by the university’s Title IX office in recent weeks, his lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, told Bloomberg News.