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Seminar Series

Upcoming Finance Speaker Series Seminars 

Speakers, papers, dates, times, and locations subject to change. Please contact Professor Jerome Taillard for further information.

  • ​February 12, 2016, David Denis; University of Pittsburg​​​
  • March 25, 2016, S. Abraham (Avri) Ravid; Yeshiva University


        Past Seminars​

        2015-2016 Academic Year

        • November 13, 2015, Stuart Gillan; University of Georgia will presented his paper; "Blocks In Stocks And Shocks To Blocks: Evidence From a Natural Experiment on The Impact of Blockholder Heterogeneity On Firm Value".

        • October 30, 2015, Matthew Botsch; Bowdoin College, presented his  paper; "Inflation Experiences and Contract Choice-Evidence from Residential Mortgages".

        • October 9, 2015, Scott Yonker; Cornell University, 
          presented  his paper; "Trust Busting: The Effect of Fraud on Investor Behavior".

        • September 4, 2015, Cal Muckley; University College Dublin,
          presented his paper; "Is Firm Level Clean Innovation Valued?".​

        2014-2015 Academic Year

        • October 3rd Jeff Harris, American University. Presented his   paper; "The Breakdown of the European Interbank Market during the Financial Crisis".
        • September 3rd Kristi Minnick, Bentley,  presented her paper "CEO Tournaments: A Cross-Country Analysis of Causes, Cultural Influences and Consequences".

        2013-2014 Academic Year

        • Pamela Moulton, Cornell, presented her paper; "Speculating on Private Information: Evidence from Trades around Analyst Recommendations".  
        • Simon Gervais, Duke University, presented his paper; 'Transparency and Talent Allocation in Money Management," 
        • Nadia Massoud, York University/University of Melbourne,presented her paper, "Hedge Funds in M&A Deals: Is there Exploitation of Private Information?" 
        • Ronnie Sadka, Boston College, presented his paper; "Horizon Pricing".
        • Mahendrarajah Nimalendran ("Nimal"), University of Florida presented his paper, "Volatility and Directional Information-Based Trading in Options".  

        2012-2013 Academic Year

        • Shane A. Corwin, University of Notre Dame, presented his paper; "The Changing Nature of Investment Banking Relationships"
        • Babson hosted the 5th Boston Area Finance Symposium (BAFS)
        • Isil Erel, Ohio State University, presented her paper; "Why Did Holdings of Highly-Rated Securitization Tranches Differ So Much Across Banks?"
        • Victoria Ivashina, Harvard Business School, presented her paper "Reaching For Yield In The Bond Market"
        • Christopher G. Schwarz, University of California, Irvine and a Babson alum, presented his paper (co-written with Mark Potter)"SEC versus non-SEC Disclosed Portfolios: Revisiting the cost of Mandatory Mutual Fund Portfolio Disclosure"
        • Philip Strahan, Boston College, presented his paper "Financial Integration, Housing And Economic Volatility"
        • Miriam Schwartz Ziv, Harvard/Hebrew U and Michael Weisbach, Ohio State, presented their paper "What do Boards Really Do? Evidence from Minutes of Board Meeting"

        2011-2012 Academic Year

        • Bernadette Minton, Ohio State University, presented her paper "Syndicated Loan Spreads and the Composition of the Syndicate".
        • Jun Qian, Boston College, presented his paper "out of the Limelight but In Play: Trading and Liquidity of Media and off-media Stocks".
        • Laurent Fresard, University of Maryland presented his paper "Learning from Peers' Stock Prices and Corporate Investment"
        • R. David McLean, MIT/Sloan/University of Alberta, presented his paper "Does Academic Research Destroy Stock Return Predictability?" 
        • Eric Zitzewitz, Dartmouth College, presented his paper “How Much Does Size Erode Mutual Fund Performance? A Regression Discontinuity Approach"
        • Brian Rountree, Rice University, presented his paper “Are individual investors influenced by the optimism and credibility of stock spam recommendations?"
        • Sunil Wahal, Arizona State University, presented his paper “Investing in a Global World".

        2010–2011 Academic Year

        • Jeffrey Coles, Arizona State University, “The Joint Determinants of Managerial Ownership, Board Independence, and Firm Performance”
        • Robert Battalio, Notre Dame, “Who, if Anyone, Reacts to Accrual Information?”
        • Christian Lundblad, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Asset Fire Sales and Purchases and the International Transmission of Financial Shocks”
        • Eric Jacquier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “The information content of realized volatility”
        • Elvira Sojli and Wing Wah Tham, Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (Netherlands), “Tapping Hidden Liquidity: Flash Orders at the NASDAQ”
        • Daniel Bergstresser, Harvard Business School, “Financial guarantors and the 2007–2009 credit crisis”

        2009–2010 Academic Year

        • Niki Boyson, Northeastern, “Intense Hedge Fund Activists”
        • Belen Villalonga, Harvard Business School, “The Role of Institutional development in the Prevalence and Value of Family Firms”

        2008–2009 Academic Year

        • Darren Kisgen, Boston College, “Do Regulations Based On Credit Ratings Affect A Firm’s Cost of Capital?”
        • Paul Irvine, University of Georgia, “Performance of Institutional trading desks; An analysis of persistence in trading costs ”
        • Larry Fauver, University of Tennessee, “Do IPO Earnings and Revenue Surprise Investors?”
        • Ingrid Werner, Ohio State University, “When Constraints Bind”
        • Marc Lipson, Darden University of Virginia, “What Explains the Asset Growth Effect in Stock Returns?”
        • Jacob Oded, Boston University, “Not All Buybacks are Created Equal: The Case of Accelerated Stock Repurchases”
        • Kartik Raman, Bentley College, “How does stock liquidity influence monitoring? Evidence from firms’ tradeoffs between market-based and debt-based monitoring”

        2007–2008 Academic Year

        • Neil Pearson, UIUC, “Does Option Trading Have a Pervasive Impact on Underlying Stock Prices?”
        • Charles Jones, Columbia, “Does Algorithmic Trading Improve Liquidity?”
        • Thomas Chemmanur, BC, “Heterogeneous Beliefs, Short Sale Contraints, and the Economic Role of the Underwriter in IPOs”
        • Edie Hotchkiss, BC, “Do Buyouts (Still) Create Value?”
        • Amy Edwards, SEC, “Short Selling in Initial Public Offerings”

        2006–2007 Academic Year

        • Will Goetzmann, Yale, “Lessons from Hedge Fund Registration”
        • Jon Karpoff, University of Washington, “The Consequences to Managers for Cooking the Books”
        • Bing Liang and Mila Getmansky Sherman, UMass Amherst, “Market Volatility, Investor Flows, and the Structure of Hedge Fund Markets”
        • Jay Ritter, University of Florida, “Corporate Executive Bribery: An Empirical Analysis”
        • Peter Tufano, HBS, “Live Prices and Stale Quantities: T+1 Accounting and Mutual Fund Mispricing”
        • Maureen O’Hara, Cornell University, “Firm Characteristics and Informed Trading: Implications for Asset Pricing”
        • David Brown, University of Wisconsin, “Idiosyncratic Volatility of Small Public Firms and Entrepreneurial Risk”
        • Jennifer Conrad, UNC, “Skewness and the Bubble”

        2005–2006 Academic Year

        • Chester Spatt, SEC, “Equilibrium Asset Pricing and Portfolio Choice Under Asymmetric Information”
        • Michael Roberts, The Wharton School, “Back to the Beginning: Persistence and the Cross-Section of Corporate Capital Structure”
        • QJ Qian, Boston College, “Are Fairness Opinions Fair? The Case of Mergers and Acquisitions?”
        • Reena Aggarwal, Georgetown University, “Did New Regulations Target the Relevant Corporate Governance Attributes?”
        • Robert Hansen, Tulane University, “Investment Bank Governance”
        • Anna Scherbina, Harvard University, “Inheriting Losers”
        • Chris Leach, University of Colorado at Boulder, “Gas Pump Arbitrage”

        2004–2005 Academic Year

        • Ken Kavajecz, University of Wisconsin, “Price Discovery in the Treasury Futures Market”
        • Stu Gillan, Arizona State University, “Explicit vs Implicit Contracts: Evidence from CEO Employment Contracts”
        • Rohan Williamson, Georgetown University, “What is a Dollar Worth? The Market Value of Cash Holdings”
        • Mike Barclay, University of Rochester, “Automation versus Intermediation: Evidence from Treasuries Going off the Run”
        • Dan Bernhardt, Illinois/Rochester, “The Simple Analytics of Informed Finance”
        • Mary Ellen Carter, Wharton, “The Role of Incentives and Accounting in the Design of Executive Compensation Packages”
        • Leonce Bargeron, University of North Carolina, “A Theory of Shareholder Tender Agreements”
        • George Aragon, Boston College, “Share Restrictions and Asset Pricing: Evidence from the Hedge Fund Industry”
        • Gang Hu, Boston College, “The Profitability and Informativeness of Institutional Trading in IPOs”
        • Kristina Minnick, University of Maryland, “Write-offs and Corporate Governance Leonardo Madureira, Wharton, Conflicts of Interest, Regulations, and Stock Recommendations”

        2003–2004 Academic Year

        • Robert Van Ness, Mississippi, “Locked and Crossed Markets on the NASDAQ and the NYSE”
        • Raghu Rau, Purdue University, “Analyst Behavior at Independent Research Firms, Brokerage Houses, and Investment Banks: Conflicts of Interest or Better Information”
        • Utpal Bhattacharya, “When No Law is Better than a Good Law”
        • Karen Wruck, Ohio State, “Leverage, Asset Liquidity and Management Credibility: New Evidence on the Determinants on Corporate Borrowing”
        • Harold Mulherin, Claremont, “How Firms are Sold”
        • Russ Wermers, Maryland, “Is Money Really Smart? New Evidence on the Relation Between Mutual Fund Flows, Manager Behavior, and Performance Persistence”
        • Li-Anne Woo and Dave Michayluk, Bond University, “News Releases When Markets are Closed”
        • Paul Bennett and Li Wei, “NYSE, Market Fragmentation & Market Quality”
        • Jay Wang, University of Michigan, “Dividend Commitment and Discount Management: The Distribution Policy of Closed-End Funds”
        • Mila Getmansky, MIT, “The Life Cycle of Hedge Funds: Fund Flows, Size and Performance”
        • Debarshi Nandy, Boston College, “How is Value Created in Spin-offs? A look Inside the Black Box”
        • Swami Kalpathy, Arizona State University, “Six-and-one Option Exchanges and Alignment of Equity Incentives”