Department of Finance Seminars

All seminars are held from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PT in Lillis 312 unless otherwise indicated. Contact Ioannis Branikas for additional information.

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Past Seminars


Ayako Yasuda (University of California, Davis)
May 26, 2023

Sasha Indarte (University of Pennsylvania)
May 12, 2023

William Beggs (University of San Diego)
April 7, 2023

Jon Kalodimos (Oregon State University)
"The Effect of Regulatory Structure and Regulatory Intensity on Analyst Forecasts"
February 10, 2023


Bing Liang (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
"Climate-Related Innovations: Economic Value and Risk Mitigation"
November 4, 2022

Liying Wang (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
"Investor ESG Tastes and Asset Pricing: Evidence from the Primary Bond Market"
October 14, 2022

Juliane Begenau (Stanford University)
"Unpacking the Rise in Alternatives"
May 20, 2022

Raghavendra Rau (University of Cambridge)
"Are Women Undervalued? Board Gender Diversity and IPO Underpricing"
April 8, 2022

Tetyana Balyuk (Emory University)
"Friends and Family Money: P2P Transfers and Financially Fragile Consumers"
March 18, 2022

Nadya Malenko (University of Michigan)
"Board Dynamics over the Startup Life Cycle"
February 25, 2022

Tarun Ramadorai (Imperial College London)
"Reference Dependence in the Housing Market"
February 11, 2022

Christine Parlour (University of California, Berkeley)
"Decentralized Exchanges"
February 4, 2022

Roberto Pinto (Lancaster University)
"Do Low Interest Rate Policies Jeopardize Your Retirement?"
January 28, 2022

Dimitri Vayanos (London School of Economics)
"Asset Management Contracts and Equilibrium Prices"
January 14, 2022


David Schreindorfer (Arizona State University)
"Volatility and the Pricing Kernel"
December 10, 2021

Elena Simintzi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Women in the Financial Sector"
December 3, 2021

Rui Albuquerque (Boston College)
"Mutual Fund Loyalty and ESG Stock Resilience during the COVID-19 Stock Market Crash"
November 12, 2021

Jennie Bai (Georgetown University)
"Is Hard and Soft Information Substitutable? Evidence from Lockdown"
October 15, 2021

Michael Barnett (Arizona State University)
"Does Climate Change Impact Sovereign Bond Yields?"
October 8, 2021

Elisabeth Kempf (University of Chicago)
"The Political Polarization of U.S. Firms"
October 1, 2021

Brittany Lewis (Indiana University)
"Creditor Rights, Collateral Reuse, and Credit Supply"
June 4, 2021

Marcin Kacperczyk (Imperial College)
"Firm Commitments"
May 21, 2021

Mariassunta Giannetti (Stockholm School of Economics)
"Sustainability or Performance? Ratings and Fund Managers' Incentives"
May 7, 2021

Lin Peng (Baruch College)
"Face Value: Trait Inference, Performance Characteristics, and Market Outcomes for Financial Analysts"
April 23, 2021

Kairong Xiao (Columbia University)
"Mutual Fund Liquidity Transformation and Reverse Flight to Liquidity"
April 9, 2021

Kristine Hankins (University of Kentucky)
"Corporate Responses to Stock Price Fragility"
March 12, 2021

Marco Giacoletti (University of Southern California)
"Using High-Frequency Evaluations to Estimate Discrimination: Evidence from Mortgage Loan Officers"
February 19, 2021

Alberto Manconi (Bocconi University)
"Are Star Law Firms Also Better Law Firms?"
February 5, 2021

Sabrina T. Howell (New York University)
"Does PE Investment in Healthcare Benefit Patients? Evidence from Nursing Homes"
January 22, 2021


Ouimet Paige (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Firm Value and Investment"
October 30, 2020

Diane Del Guercio (University of Oregon)
"How Have Passive Portfolio Managers Fared in the Era of the Dramatic Rise of Passive Investing?"
September 25, 2020

Aleksandar Andonov (University of Amsterdam)
"The Subsidy to Infrastructure as an Asset Class"
September 18, 2020

Arash Dayani (University of Oregon)
"Mutual Fund Moneyball"
May 29, 2020

Donghwa Shin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Extrapolation and Complexity"
May 22, 2020

Anzhela Knyazeva (New York University; Securities and Exchange Commission)
"Sinners or Saints? Top Underwriters, Venture Capitalists, and IPO Underpricing"
May 8, 2020


Cindy Soo (University of Michigan)
"Do Neighborhoods Affect Credit Market Decisions of Low-Income Borrowers? Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity"
November 22, 2019

Barney Hartmann-Glaser (University of California, Los Angeles)
"Cash to Spend: IPO Wealth and House Prices"
October 18, 2019

Russ Wermers (University of Maryland)
"Do ETFs Increase Liquidity?"
October 4, 2019

Xiaoyun Yu (Indiana University)
"Torpedo Your Competition: Strategic Reporting and Peer Firm IPO"
June 7, 2019

Juhani Linnainmaa (University of Southern California)
"Factor Momentum and the Momentum Factor"
May 24, 2019

Ron Kaniel (University of Rochester)
"Relative Pay for Non-Relative Performance: Keeping up with the Joneses with Optimal Contracts​"
May 10, 2019

Enrichetta Ravina (Northwestern University)
"Investor Ideology"
May 3, 2019


Kelly Shue (Yale University)
"Can the Market Multiply and Divide? Non-Proportional Thinking in Financial Markets​"
May 18, 2018


Tarik Umar (Rice University)
"Complexity Aversion when Seeking Alpha​"
December 1, 2017

Xiaoyan Zhang (Purdue University)
"Tracking Retail Investor Activity"
November 3, 2017

Diego García (University of Colorado Boulder)
"The Kinks of Financial Journalism"
October 27, 2017

Jay Ritter (University of Florida)
"Corporate Cash Shortfalls and Financing Decisions"
September 29, 2017

Gustavo Manso (University of California, Berkeley)
"Heterogeneous Innovation over the Business Cycle"
June 2, 2017

Liu Yang (University of Maryland)
"Initial Conditions and Firm Growth: Evidence from Birth-Matched IPO and Private Firms"
May 19, 2017


Mitchell Petersen (Northwestern University)
"Understanding Precautionary Cash at Home and Abroad"
November 11, 2016

David Musto (University of Pennsylvania)
"A Simple Model of IPO Underpricing"
October 14, 2016

Lauren Cohen (Harvard University)
"Lazy Prices"
September 30, 2016

Azi Ben-Rephael (University of Indiana)
"It Depends on Where You Search: A Comparison of Institutional and Retail Attention"
April 29, 2016

Alice Bonaime (University of Arizona)
"Policy Uncertainty and Mergers and Acquisitions"
April 22, 2016

Richard Stanton (University of California, Berkeley)
"Mortgage Loan-Flow Networks and Financial Norms"
February 26, 2016


Chris Parsons (University of California, San Diego)
"What's in a Name? Racial Discrimination in Higher Education Bond Markets"
November 13, 2015

Jared Stanfield (University of New South Wales)
"What Does an LBO Signal for the Target's Industry?"
November 6, 2015

Jess Cornaggia (Georgetown University)
"Acquiring Access to Finance"
October 30, 2015

Alexander Dyck (University of Toronto)
"Can Institutional Investors Improve Corporate Governance through Collective Action?"
October 9, 2015

Tracy Wang (University of Minnesota)
"Management Risk and the Cost of Borrowing"
October 2, 2015

Neal Stoughton (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
"An Integrated Model of University Endowments"
September 25, 2015

Ed Van Wesep (University of Colorado)
"The Shape of Cooperative Communication: A Theory of Polite Stock Analysts, Harsh Referees, and Grade Inflation"
May 15, 2015


Adair Morse (University of California, Berkeley)
"Asset Manager Funds: Fees and Tactical Beta"
November 7, 2014

Kenneth Ahern (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"Information Networks: Evidence from Illegal Insider Trading Tips"
October 24, 2014

Youchang Wu (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
"Asset Volatility and Financial Policy: Evidence from Corporate Mergers"
October 10, 2014

Erik Lie (University of Iowa)
"Do Stock Options Overcome Managerial Risk Aversion? Evidence from Option Exercises"
May 23, 2014

Byoung Hwang (Cornell University)
"Can Short Selling Help Correct Under-pricing?"
May 16, 2014


Zoran Ivkovich (Michigan State University)
"What a Difference a PhD Makes: More than Three Little Letters"
November 15, 2013

Selale Tuzel (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"Local Risk, Local Factors, and Asset Prices"
November 1, 2013

Francisco Perez-Gonzalez (Stanford University)
"Capital Structure and Taxes: What Happens When You (Also) Subsidize Equity?"
October 25, 2013

David Solomon (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"Looking for Someone to Blame: Delegation, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Disposition Effect"
October 18, 2013

Gordon Phillips (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"Outsourcing Supply Contracts, Human Capital and Firm Financing Decisions"
October 4, 2013

Paul Oyer (Stanford University)
"Exploration for Human Capital: Theory and Evidence from the MBA Labor Market"
May 31, 2013

Scott Weisbenner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"The Investment Behavior of State Pension Plans"
May 3, 2013

Chris James (University of Florida)
"'Bank' Loan Ownership and Troubled Debt Restructurings"
April 19, 2013


Joey Engelberg (University of California, San Diego)
"Anchoring and the Cost of Capital"
November 30, 2012

Dirk Jenter (Stanford University)
"CEO Preferences and Acquisitions"
November 16, 2012

Yael Hochberg (Northwestern University)
"Partner Selection in Co-Investment Networks: Evidence from Venture Capital"
October 26, 2012

Justin Murfin (Yale University)
"Loans on Sale: Credit Market Seasonality, Borrower Need, and Lender Rent Seeking"
October 12, 2012

Amit Seru (University of Chicago)
"Inconsistent Regulators: Evidence from Banking"
October 5, 2012

John Graham (Duke University)
May 18, 2012

Josh Rauh (Northwestern University)
May 4, 2012

Randall Morck (University of Alberta)
April 27, 2012

Alon Brav (Duke University)
April 19, 2012


Liu Yang (University of California, Los Angeles)
November 11, 2011

Claudia Custodio (Arizona State University)
October 21, 2011

Alex Edmans (University of Pennsylvania)
October 7, 2011


Ingrid Werner (Ohio State University)
"When Constraints Bind"
November 13, 2009

Mark Kamstra (York University)
"Time-Varying Preferences and SAD: Support from an Asset Pricing Model"
October 30, 2009

Long Chen (Washington University)
"What Moves Investment?"
October 16, 2009

Frank Warnock (University of Virginia; National Bureau of Economic Research)
"What Do We Know About U.S. International Investment?"
October 9, 2009

Charles Gaa (University of Oregon)
"Investor Attention, Hedonism, and the Information Content of Product Market Advertising"
September 8, 2009

Erik Stafford (Harvard University)
"Crashes, Collateral, and the Financing of Securities"
May 14, 2009

Ayako Yasuda (University of California, Davis)
"The Behavior of Intoxicated Investors: The Role of Institutional Investors in Propagating the Crisis of 2007-2008"
May 28, 2009

Wayne Ferson (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"Out of Sample Performance of Long-run Risk Models"
May 22, 2009

Matt Spiegel (Yale University)
"Dynamic Corporate Capital Stocks: Cross-sectional and Inter-temporal Stock Return Patterns"
May 1, 2009

Brad Barber (University of California, Davis)
"Day Trading in Equilibrium"
April 2, 2009

Sith Chaisurote (Stanford University)
"Liquidity Provision by International Institutional Investors: Evidence from Brazilian Privatization"
March 18, 2009

Matthias Kahl (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Do Firms Use Commercial Paper to Enhance Financial Flexibility?"
February 10, 2009

Karin Thorburn (Dartmouth College)
"Markup Pricing Revisited"
February 9, 2009

Jerome Taillard (Ohio State University)
"Thriving in the Midst of Financial Distress? An Analysis of Firms in the Exposed to Asbestos Litigation"
January 30, 2009

Ekkehart Boehmer (Texas A&M University)
"Short Selling and the Informational Efficiency of Pricing"
January 27, 2009

Yihui Wang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Does Credit Supply Drive the LBO Market?"
January 24, 2009

Albert Sheen (University of California, Los Angeles)
"Do Public and Private Firms Behave Differently? An Examination of Investment in the Chemical Industry"
January 19, 2009


Lu Zheng (University of California, Irvine)
"Strategy Distinctiveness and Hedge Fund Performance"
November 13, 2008

Geoff Tate (University of California, Los Angeles)
"External Networking and Internal Governance"
October 16, 2008

Charles Hadlock (Michigan State University)
"Does the KZ Index Provide a Useful Measure of Financial Constraints?"
October 2, 2008

Nandini Gupta (Indiana University)
"The Decision to Privatize: Finance, Politics, and Patronage"
June 6, 2008

Stefan Ruenzi (University of Cologne; University of Texas)
"Why Managers Hold Shares of Their Firms: An Empirical Analysis"
April 25, 2008

Pedro Matos (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"When Banks are Insiders: Evidence from the Global Syndicated Loan Market"
April 11, 2008


Simon Gervais (Duke University)
"Overconfidence, Investment Policy, and Manager Welfare"
November 16, 2007

Lauren Cohen (Harvard University)
"The Small World of Investing: Board Connections and Mutual Fund Returns"
November 9, 2007

Mara Faccio (Purdue University)
"Sudden Deaths: Taking Stock of Geographic Ties"
September 28, 2007

Berk Sensoy (University of Southern California–Los Angeles)
"Performance Evaluation and Self-Designated Benchmark Indexes in the Mutual Fund Industry"
June 9, 2007

Michael Cooper (University of Utah)
"Corporate Political Contributions and Stock Returns"
April 27, 2007

Ro Gutierrez (University of Oregon)
"Persistent Performance and Smart Money in Corporate-Bond Mutual Funds"
April 25, 2007

Paul Tetlock (University of Texas)
"More Than Words: Quantifying Language to Measure Firms' Fundamentals"
March 9, 2007

Gustavo Manso (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Motivating Innovation"
February 9, 2007

Paul Thistle (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
"CEO Tenure: the Risk of Termination and Firm Value"
February 8, 2007


Michael Weisbach (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
"Corporate Financial and Investment Policies when Future Financing is not Frictionless"
October 30, 2006

Elizabeth Odders-White (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
"The Probability and Magnitude of Information Events"
October 6, 2006

Stefan Nagel (Stanford University)
"A Skeptical Appraisal of Asset-Pricing Tests"
May 12, 2006

Annette Vissing-Jorgensen (Northwestern University)
"Long-Run Stockholder Consumption Risk and Asset Returns"
April 21, 2006

Jon Reuter (University of Oregon)
"The Rise of Teams in Fund Management"
April 7, 2006


Jeff Busse (Emory University)
"Performance Persistence in Institutional Investment Management"
December 2, 2005

Diane Denis (Purdue University)
"Earnouts: A Study of Financial Contracting in Acquisition Agreements"
November 11, 2005

Deon Strickland (Arizona State University)
"The Determinants of Idiosyncratic Volatility"
May 20, 2005

Jennifer Conrad (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Basis Assets"
April 29, 2005


Amy Dittmar (University of Michigan)
"Why do Firms Issue Equity?"
May 28, 2004

Antoinette Schoar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Banking Deregulation and Industry Structure: Evidence from the French Banking Reform of 1985"
May 14, 2004

John Chalmers (University of Oregon)
"The Benefit of Brokers: A Preliminary Analysis of the Mutual Fund Industry"
April 30, 2004

Greg Kadlec (Virginia Tech)
"Issuer Surplus and the Partial Adjustment of IPO Prices to Public Information"
April 23, 2004

Joshua Coval (Harvard University)
"Judging Fund Managers by the Company They Keep"
April 9, 2004

Ro Gutierrez (University of Oregon)
"Evidence to the Contrary: Weekly Abnormal Returns are Underreactions"
March 12, 2004

Jon Reuter (University of Oregon)
"The Financial Media, Advertising, and Mutual Fund Investors"
March 5, 2004

Stephen Ross (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Compensation, Incentives, and the Duality of Riskiness and Risk Aversion"
February 20, 2004

Jeff Pontiff (Boston College)
"Shares Outstanding and Cross-Sectional Returns"
February 10, 2004

Eric Zitzewitz (Stanford University)
"Using Prediction Markets to Evaluate Policy: The Case of the Iraq War"
January 30, 2004


Ioannis Branikas
Assistant Professor of Finance