Seminar Series

Upcoming Finance Speaker Series Seminars 

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

2018-2019 Academic Year

Friday September 7, 2018, Amber Anand; Syracuse
Friday September 28, 2018, Don Bowen; Virginia Tech
Friday March 8, 2019, John Graham; Duke

Past Seminars​

2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Friday May 11, 2018, Jonathan Brogaard; University of Washington Foster School of Business; presented his paper: "Price Discovery without Trading: Evidence from Limit Orders".
  • Friday March 2, 2018, David Thesmar; MIT, presented his paper; "New Experimental Evidence on Expectations Formation".
  • Friday December 8, 2017, Boris Vallee; Harvard Business School, presented his paper; "Can Financial Innovation Solve Household Reluctance to Take Risk?".
  • Friday October 6, 2017, Roni Michaely; Cornell, presented his paper; "Are U.S. Industries Becoming More Concentrated?".

2016-2017 Academic Year


  • Thursday April 13, 2017, Gordon Phillips; Dartmouth, presented his paper; "The Impact of Consumer Credit Access on Employment, Earnings and Entrepreneurship".
  • Friday March 31, 2017, Phil Strahan; Boston College, presented his paper; "Funding Liquidity Without Bankers: Evidence From A Shock To The Cost Of Very Short-Term Debt".
  • Friday March 3, 2017, Kent Smetters; Wharton presented his paper: "A General Sufficient Statistic for Expected Utility with Risk-Free and Risky Assets".
  • Friday February 10, 2017, Andrew Lo; MIT presented his paper: "The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis: Reconciling Behavioral Finance with Efficient Markets".
  • Friday November 18, 2016, Marios Panayides; University of Pittsburgh presented his paper: "Trading Fees and Intermarket competition". 
  • Friday November 11, 2016, Anthony Cookson; University of Colorado presented his paper: "A text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation".
  • Friday September 23, 2016, Hoaxiang Zhu; MIT, presented his paper: "Size Discovery". 

2015-2016 Academic Year


  •  Friday April 8, 2016, Jordan Nickerson; Boston College presented his paper; "Teachers Teaching Teachers: The Role of Networks on Financial Decisions".
  • February 26, 2016, S. Abraham (Avri) Ravid; Yeshiva University presented his paper; "Intellectual Property Contracts: Theory and Evidence from Screenplay Sales".
  • ​February 12, 2016, David Denis; University of Pittsburg presented his paper; "Unraveling the Mystery of Zero Leverage Firms".​​​
  • November 13, 2015, Stuart Gillan; University of Georgia 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 MoultonCornell, 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”