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Spring 2023

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
February 3Michael GoldsteinBabson CollegeDo Firms Set Pension Discount Rates Strategically?
March 24Zhaozhao HeUniversity of New HampshireWho benefits from removing restrictions in labor mobility?
April 14Yadi WangUMass LowellManaging Less Redeployable Assets Through Better Employee Treatment

Fall 2022

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
November 4Daniel BergstresserBrandeis UniversityDo Risk Premia Explain Dealer Markups in Municipal Bond Offering?
October 14Jason JiangTemple UniversityLawyer CEOs and Corporate Innovation
October 4Mengchao AiManning School of Business, UMass LowellBoard Centrality and Innovation Search Strategy
September 22Charles WangHarvard UniversityGovernance Transparency and Firm Value: Evidence from Korean Chaebols
September 16Yiming QianUniversity of ConnecticutMisconduct and Fundraising in Private Equity

Spring 2022

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
April 29Eric YeungCornell UniversityThe Information Advantage of Industry Common Blockholders and Its Spillover Effect on Stock Prices Crash Risk
April 22Michael EwensCalifornia Institute of TechnologyLocal Journalism under Private Equity Ownership
April 15Matthew GustafsonPennsylvania State UniversityDoes Being Private Constrain Geographic Expansion?
March 4Tingting LiuIowa State UniversityClassified Boards: Endangered Species or Hidden in Plain Sight?

Fall 2021

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
December 10Huseyin GulenPurdue UniversityIntangible Capital in Factor Models
November 19Hieu PhanUMass LowellShareholder/Creditor Conflict of Interest and Corporate Social Responsibility
September 24Jung Chul ParkUniversity of South FloridaMigration Networks and M&A Decisions
September 17Peter HaslagVanderbilt UniversityCOVID-19 Migratory Response and the Municipal Debt Market

Spring 2021

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
April 30Paul LauxUniversity of DelawareThe Effect of Media-linked Directors on Financing and External Governance
April 23Xiaoding LiuTexas A&M UniversityShared Culture and Technological Innovation: Evidence from Corporate R&D Teams
March 26Xiaoran NiXiamen UniversityModern Information Technology and Firm Acquisitiveness: Evidence from EDGAR Implementation

Fall 2020

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
October 30Linghang ZengBabson CollegeFirm-specific Shocks and Asset Reallocation Across Firms: Empirical Evidence
October 16Caroline FlammerBoston UniversityImpact Investing and the Fostering of Entrepreneurship in Disadvantaged Urban Areas: Evidence from Microdata in French Banliueus
October 2Phong NgoAustralian National UniversityFinancial Media as a Money Doctor: Evidence from Refinancing Decisions

Fall 2019

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
December 13 Lingling WangUniversity of ConnecticutDisclosure Length and Disclosure Effectiveness: Evidence from the CD&A Mandate
December 11Daniel GreenHarvard UniversityCorporate Refinancing, Covenants, and the Agency Cost of Debt
November 1 Nataliya ZaiatsSuffolk UniversityShort Seller Attention and Corporate Customer News
September 13 Namho KingBentley UniversityCommon ownership, price informativeness, and corporate investment

Spring 2019

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
April 19Jaideep ShenoyUniversity of ConnecticutLabor unions and product quality failures
March 22 Mark EganHarvard UniversityArbitration with Uninformed Consumers
March 1Yijia (Eddie) ZhaoUMass Boston Syndicated Loan Liquidity: The Role of Bank Capital

Fall 2018

DateGuest SpeakerAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
October 19 Kristina MinnickBentley UniversityA Game of Thrones – Dynamics of Internal CEO Succession and Outcome
September 28 Leonard KostovetskyBoston CollegeDigital Tulips? Returns to Investors in Initial Coin Offerings
September 12 Tong (Tony) ZhouSung-Yat-Sen University
Innovation Awards, Product Segmentation, and Stock Returns

Spring 2018

DateGuest PresenterAffiliationTitle of Presented Paper
March 29 Fred BereskinUniversity of DelawareSo Sue Me! Re-discovery of Patent Value through Litigation
March 1 Debarshi NandyBrandeis UniversityThe Geography of Innovation and Innovator Flows: Do Unions Matter