To help us ensure that all delegates attending the seminar/workshop are able to participate fully, please let us know about any special requirements you have by emailing FMG@lse.ac.uk. All seminars take place from 4-5.30pm in Room R405, 4th floor, Research Laboratory, Lionel Robbins Building, 10 Portugal Street, unless otherwise stated, see map.
All papers have been made available in PDF format, unless otherwise stated.
Michaelmas Term 2014 workshops
8 October 2014: Jarrad Harford (University of Washington)
Financial flexibility and corporate cash policy
Professor Harford is the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Finance and the Chair of the Department of Finance and Business Economics at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. His specialities include Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Payout Policy, and Corporate Governance.
15 October 2014: Uday Rajan (University of Michigan)
Contracting on Credit Ratings: Adding Value to Public Information
Professor Rajan is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Chair of Finance and Real Estate at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on informational frictions such as adverse selection and moral hazard and their effect on market transactions, with recent work on the role of the board in the presence of activist investors and on the default behaviour of subprime mortgages in the years before the financial crisis.
22 October 2014: Marcus Opp (University of California Berkeley)
Macroprudential Bank Capital Regulation in a Competitive Financial System
Professor Opp is Assistant Professor in the Haas Finance Group at the University of California Berkeley. He has a PhD from the University of Chicago and his current research interests include corporate finance (especially financial intermediation and financial regulation), contract theory: dynamic contracting, static contracting, applied game theory and international/ macro: DSGE models, trade theory.
29 October 2014: Kent Daniel (Columbia)
Liquidity and Return Reversals
Professor Daniel is a Professor in the Finance and Economics Division at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. From 1996 to 2006, Professor Daniel was at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was the John and Helen Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Finance (on leave from 2004-2006). Professor Daniel's academic research, both theoretical and empirical, has been primarily in the areas of behavioral finance and asset pricing.
5 November 2014: Tarek Hassan (University of Chicago)
The Power of the Street: Evidence from Egypt’s Arab Spring
Professor Hassan joined Chicago Booth as an Assistant Professor of Finance after earning his PhD from Harvard University in 2009. Building on his research at Harvard, Hassan studies international finance, economic history, and macroeconomics. His most recent work in international finance is titled “Country Size, Currency Unions, and International Asset Returns.”
12 November 2014: Jakub Jurek (Wharton)
Option-Implied Currency Risk Premia
Professor Jurek is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at Wharton, and a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Wharton, he was at the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical asset pricing, and emphasizes the role of tail risks in the determination of equilibrium returns and funding liquidity.
19 November 2014: John Zhu (Wharton)
Robustly Tractable Optimal Contracts
Professor Zhu joined the Wharton School as an Assistant Professor of Finance in July, 2011. He received his PhD in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and his research interests include the theory of contracts, principle agents, corporate finance, game theory and probability.
26 November 2014: Haoxiang Zhu (MIT)
Welfare and Optimal Trading Frequency in Dynamic Double Auctions
Professor Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Zhu works mainly on asset pricing and financial market structure and design. His research probes how the designs of financial markets affect asset price behaviour, liquidity, and efficiency.
3 December 2014: Doron Levit (Wharton)
Governing Through Communication and Intervention
Professor Levit is an Assistant Professor of Finance and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and he holds a PhD in Finance from Stanford University. His research interests include Corporate Finance Theory, Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions.
10 December 2014: Albert Menkveld (VU University Amsterdam)
Need for Speed? Exchange Latency and Liquidity
Professor Menkveld is Professor of Finance at VU University Amsterdam and Research Fellow at TI-Duisenberg School of Finance. In 2002, he received a Tinbergen PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research agenda is focused on securities trading, liquidity, asset pricing, and financial econometrics. He has published in various journals, for example, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.
Lent Term 2015 Workshops
4 March 2015: Konstantin Milbradt (Kellogg School of Management)
Dynamic Debt Maturity
Professor Milbradt holds a PhD from Princeton University and a BA form Oxford University. He spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management before joining Kellogg School of Management in 2013. Professor Milbradt's research interests are in Financial Economics, specifically how Financial Frictions affect asset prices and corporate decisions.
11 March 2015: Stefano Giglio (University of Chicago Booth)
The Price of Variance Risk
Stefano Giglio joined Chicago Booth in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Finance, after earing his PhD and A.M in Economics from Harvard University. His research spans several topics, including asset pricing, macroeconomics and real estate, with a particular focus on the role of frictions. For his work at Harvard, he has received the Martin Cornerstone Grant and the Dillon Fellowship from the University.
18 March 2015: Paul Schneider (University of Lugano and SFI)
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Paul Schneider graduated from the University of Vienna with a PhD in Finance, Joining the University of Warwick as an Assistant Professor in 2008. In January 2012 Paul joined the Finance group in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Lugano, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in September 2014. Paul is a member of the Swiss Finance Institute.