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March 2022

Ian Appel (Boston College)

2 March @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, FOB 174
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Christoph Herpfer (Emory University, Goizueta Business School)

22 March @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Darden, FOB 294
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Veronika Pool (Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management)

25 March @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, Classroom 120
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Marina Niessner – AQR – Brown Bag Series

29 March @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Darden
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April 2022

Berk Sensoy (Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management)

15 April @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Zoom

Diversifying Private Equity Abstract Most institutional investors in private equity (PE) invest in just one or two PE funds per year. For these investors, it is overly optimistic to judge the value of PE as an asset class by its average performance, as prior literature does, because it does not…

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Michael Weber (The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)

22 April @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, Classroom 120

Missing Data in Asset Pricing Panels Abstract Missing data for return predictors is a common problem in cross sectional asset pricing studies. Most papers do not explicitly discuss how they treat missing data but conventional treatments focus on complete cases for all predictors or impute the unconditional mean for the…

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Vaska Atta-Darkua – Darden – Brown Bag Series

26 April @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Zoom

Zoom link: https://darden-virginia.zoom.us/j/96249829459. Decarbonizing Institutional Investor Portfolios by Vaska Atta-Darkua, Simon Glossner, Philipp Krueger, Pedro Matos Combining global data on institutional investors’ equity holdings and firm-level carbon emissions, we study whether and how climate-conscious institutions reduce the carbon emissions of their equity portfolios. We find that institutions actively decarbonized their…

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May 2022

Frank Warnock – Brown Bag Series – Darden

4 May @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Zoom

Foreign Investors and US Treasuries Alexandra M. Tabova & Francis E. Warnock We build, from confidential security-level surveys, a novel dataset on the size, flows, coupon payments, and returns of the US Treasuries portfolios of foreign and US investors. The internally consistent dataset provides evidence on foreigners’ Treasuries portfolios that…

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September 2022

Josh Lerner – HBS

2 September @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, Classroom 130

Financial Innovation in the 21st Century: Evidence from U.S. Patents Josh Lerner, Amit Seru, Nicholas Short, & Yuan Sun December 29, 2021 We explore financial innovation through a dataset of 24 thousand U.S. finance patents granted over last two decades, using machine learning to identify the financial patents and  extensively…

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Vadim Elenev – Carey (Johns Hopkins)

30 September @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, Classroom 130
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October 2022

Marina Niessner – Wharton

7 October @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, Classroom 130

Can Social Media Inform Corporate Decisions? Evidence from Merger Withdrawals

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Ludovic Phalippou – Saïd (Oxford)

14 October @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Darden, FOB 194

Employee Views of Leveraged Buy-Out Transactions ABSTRACT Employee satisfaction decreases following a company acquisition. This effect is, generally, higher when it is through a Leveraged Buy-Out (LBO), but with considerable heterogeneity: the decrease in employee satisfaction is concentrated in Tech LBOs and in Public-to-Private (PU2PE) transactions. After any M&A transaction,…

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Fotis Grigoris – Kelley (Indiana) – Brown Bag Series

26 October @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Darden, FOB 294

Inflation and the Relative Price Premium Abstract This study shows that relative price dispersion impacts risk premia. Notably, firms associated with goods and services that have increased (decreased) in price relative to the headline inflation rate earn high (low) returns. We refer to this return spread of 0.71% per month…

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November 2022

Song Ma – Yale School of Management

4 November @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Darden, FOB 194

The Education-Innovation Gap Barbara Biasi and Song Ma May 17, 2022 Abstract This paper documents differences across higher education courses in the coverage of frontier knowledge. Applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to the text of 1.7M syllabi  and 20M academic articles, we construct the “education-innovation gap,” a syllabus’s relative …

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Ting Xu – Darden – Brown Bag Series

9 November @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Darden

The Effect of Childcare Access on Women’s Careers and Firm Performance  Abstract We study the effect of government-subsidized childcare on women's career outcomes and firm performance using linked tax filing data. Exploiting a universal childcare reform in Quebec in 1997 and the variation in its timing relative to childbirth across…

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