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UT "Smokey*" Mountain Finance Conference


April 28 - April 30, 2016

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC


In this two-day gathering, UT Finance faculty and doctoral students host leading empirical scholars in a unique Smoky Mountain venue. The program highlights research covering a broad array of topics from all areas in the field of Finance.


List of external conference participants

Dan Bradley                        University of South Florida

Joey Engelberg                    UC San Diego

Erik Gilje                             Wharton / University of Pennsylvania

John Graham                       Duke University

Michelle Lowry                   Drexel University

Bill Maxwell                        Southern Methodist University

Matt Ringgenberg                Washington University St. Louis

Noah Stoffman                    Indiana University


 Conference Schedule:


Thursday, April 28

6:00 pm – Cocktails and conference dinner (Grove Park Inn)


Friday, April 29

7:00 - 8:30 am – Breakfast for conference participants and their families


8:30 - 12:30 pm – Networking with colleagues


12:30 - 1:00 pm – Lunch (conference participants)


1:00 - 2:45 pm – Session 1


            Trust Busting: The Effect of Fraud on Investor Behavior

            Umit G. Gurun, Noah Stoffman (Indiana University), and Scott E. Yonker


           Does Hedging Affect Firm Value? Evidence from a Natural Experiment

            Erik Gilje (Wharton / University of Pennsylvania), Jérôme P. Taillard


2:45 - 3:00 pm – Afternoon Coffee Break - sponsored by Cengage


3:00 - 4:45 pm – Session 2


            Capital Commitment and Illiquidity in Corporate Bonds   

            Hendrik Bessembinder, Stacey Jacobsen, William Maxwell (Southern Methodist University), Kumar Venkataraman      


            Anomalies and News

            Joseph Engelberg (UC San Diego), R. David McLean, Jeffrey Pontiff


6:00 pm – Dinner (12 Bones, 5 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801)


Saturday, April 30


8:00 - 8:30 am – Breakfast for participants


8:45 - 10:30 – Session 3 


            Venturing Beyond the IPO: Venture Capitalists’ Investments in Newly Public Firms

            Peter Iliev, Michelle Lowry (Drexel University)


             The boss knows best: Directors’ of Research, subordinate analysts and brokerage houses

             Daniel Bradley (University of South Florida), Sinan Gokkayab, Xi Liuc


10:30 - 10:40 – Mid-Morning Coffee Break - sponsored by Pearson


10:40 - 12:35 – Session 4


             Corporate Culture: Evidence from the Field

             John R. Graham (Duke University), Campbell R. Harvey, Jillian Popadak, Shiva Rajgopal


             The Information in Fire Sales

             Sheng Huang, Matthew Ringgenberg (Washington University in St. Louis), Zhe Zhang


12:35 – Lunch (Conference participants) 


Asheville, NC


The Omni Grove Park Inn


* "Smokey" is the mascot for the University of Tennessee. The conference is named after a combination of the Smoky Mountains and "Smokey" the dog.  Many of our UT traditions can be found here.



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