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Finance Research: Summer 2018 Edition

Finance Research: Summer 2018 Edition

The Summer Research Conference 2018 organised by the Centre for Analytical Finance saw participants from across the world discuss Advances in Corporate Finance.

How do brokers pass on insider information indirectly? Can TV advertising influence investor decisions? How does e-commerce growth impact local wages? How can government schemes remove barriers to entrepreneurship? Can organisation culture influence adoption of technology by banks? Is building infrastructure enough to promote growth in rural areas? How is insider trading facilitated by cross border Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) deals?

These were only some of the topics discussed at the Indian School of Business (ISB) Centre for Analytical Finance’s annual flagship Summer Research Conference. The Conference was held at ISB’s picturesque Hyderabad campus over July 27 and 28, 2018.

The event has a long and successful history of bringing to the fore some of the latest and most relevant research being undertaken in the world of finance. The Conference is now in its 15th edition, whereas ISB itself is only just over 16 years old. The conference brings together researchers from around the world to discuss recent advances in corporate finance and developments in emerging economies. The Conference also helps authors from across the world enhance their work aided by high quality discussion of their papers, an active audience that provides multiple perspectives and informal interactions that facilitate further networking.

The conference was inaugurated by ISB Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation Rajendra Srivastava. Dean Srivastava noted that the Summer Research Conference received exceptional research papers which were subjected to high standards of scrutiny and evaluation, selecting only the best of the best for presentation. He further stated,

A large number of papers presented here make it into some of the best known and reputed global finance journals. The discussion here is rigorous and managerially relevant.

The presenters included renowned academicians, policy makers, and economists from across the United States (US), Asia, Australia, and Europe. The theoretical and empirical papers presented covered themes of corporate finance, asset pricing, behavioural finance, financial intermediation, corporate governance, labour markets, development economics among other areas, with a focus on new ideas, concepts or methods.

The presentation of papers was followed by a special Keynote Address by Professor Andrew Karolyi, Harold Bierman, Jr Distinguished Professor of Management at the SC Johnson School of Business, Cornell University.

The National Stock Exchange sponsors the best paper award at the Summer Research Conference, which consists of cash prize of US$ 5,000 and a certificate of merit. The best paper award committee headed by Professor Andrew Karolyi, with inputs from an audience poll, adjudged “Feedback Effect and Investor Information Acquisition: Implications for Agency Problems” by Jesse Davis of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Naveen Gondhi of INSEAD as the winner.

The Conference offered the authors an opportunity to have their hypothesis, approaches, methodologies, and conclusions refined through discussions. All the presenters took home valuable inputs that will further help refine research understanding of financial markets.

About Centre for Analytical Finance

The Centre for Analytical Finance (CAF) was established in the year 2004, with a mandate to produce high quality research, create research database, organise conferences and workshops, and train the next generation of researchers in the area of finance. Through its Conferences, Workshops and Researcher’s Training program, the Centre has created a forum for academicians, regulators and industry professionals, to discuss the latest issues and research. The Centres’ association with the distinguished scholars of global repute and top industry practitioners makes it one of the premier research centres in South-east Asia.

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