Seminar Series

Upcoming Finance Speaker Series Seminars

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

2019–2020 Academic Year

Past Seminars​

2018–2019 Academic Year

  • Xavier Giroud, Columbia Business School: “Firm’s Internal Networks and Local Economic Shocks”

  • John Graham, Duke University Fuqua School of Business: "Executive Mobility in the United States, 1920 to 2011"

  • Don Bowen, Virginia Tech Pamplin School of Business: “Technological Disruptiveness and the Evolution of IPOs and Sell-Outs”

  • Amber Anand, Syracuse University Whitman School of Management: “Do buy-side institutions supply liquidity in bond markets? Evidence from mutual funds”

2017–2018 Academic Year

  • Jonathan Brogaard; University of Washington Foster School of Business: “Price Discovery without Trading: Evidence from Limit Orders”
  • David Thesmar; MIT: “New Experimental Evidence on Expectations Formation”
  • Boris Vallee; Harvard Business School: “Can Financial Innovation Solve Household Reluctance to Take Risk?”
  • Roni Michaely; Cornell: “Are U.S. Industries Becoming More Concentrated?”

2016–2017 Academic Year

  • Gordon Phillips; Dartmouth: “The Impact of Consumer Credit Access on Employment, Earnings and Entrepreneurship”
  • Phil Strahan; Boston College: “Funding Liquidity Without Bankers: Evidence From A Shock To The Cost Of Very Short-Term Debt”
  • Kent Smetters; Wharton: “A General Sufficient Statistic for Expected Utility with Risk-Free and Risky Assets”
  • Andrew Lo; MIT: “The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis: Reconciling Behavioral Finance with Efficient Markets”
  • Marios Panayides; University of Pittsburgh: “Trading Fees and Intermarket competition”
  • Anthony Cookson; University of Colorado: “A text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation”
  • Hoaxiang Zhu; MIT: “Size Discovery”

2015–2016 Academic Year

  • Jordan Nickerson; Boston College: “Teachers Teaching Teachers: The Role of Networks on Financial Decisions”
  • S. Abraham (Avri) Ravid; Yeshiva University: “Intellectual Property Contracts: Theory and Evidence from Screenplay Sales”
  • David Denis; University of Pittsburg: “Unraveling the Mystery of Zero Leverage Firms”
  • Stuart Gillan; University of Georgia: “Blocks In Stocks And Shocks To Blocks: Evidence From a Natural Experiment on The Impact of Blockholder Heterogeneity On Firm Value”
  • Matthew Botsch; Bowdoin College: “Inflation Experiences and Contract Choice-Evidence from Residential Mortgages”
  • Scott Yonker; Cornell University: “Trust Busting: The Effect of Fraud on Investor Behavior”
  • Cal Muckley; University College Dublin: “Is Firm Level Clean Innovation Valued?”

2014–2015 Academic Year

  • Jeff Harris; American University: “The Breakdown of the European Interbank Market during the Financial Crisis”
  • Kristi Minnick; Bentley: “CEO Tournaments: A Cross-Country Analysis of Causes, Cultural Influences and Consequences”

2013–2014 Academic Year

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

2012–2013 Academic Year

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

2011–2012 Academic Year

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