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UT "Smokey*" Mountain Finance Conference


May 4 - May 6, 2017

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

Ian Appel               Boston College

Diane Denis           University of Pittsburgh

Roger Edelen         University of California Davis

Stu Gillan               University of Georgia

John Griffin            University of Texas at Austin

Darren Kisgen       Boston College

Dave Solomon       University of Southern California

Mao Ye                 Illinois



 Conference Schedule:


Thursday, May 4

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


Friday, May 5

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


8:30 - 1:00 pm – Networking with colleagues


1:00 - 2:00 pm – Lunch (conference participants)


2:00 - 3:45 pm – Session 1


           Analyst Promotions within Credit Rating Agencies: Accuracy or Bias?

            Darren J. Kisgen, Jordan Nickerson, Matthew Osborn, Jonathan Reuter


           Compensation Benchmarking and the Peer Effects of Say on Pay

               Diane K. Denis, Torsten Jochem, and Anjana Rajamani



3:45 - 4:00 pm – Afternoon Coffee Break - sponsored by Cengage


4:00 - 5:45 pm – Session 2


           The Dividend Disconnect

           Samuel M. Hartzmark, David H. Solomon    


           Crowding and the Moments of Momentum

            Pedro Barroso, Roger M. Edelen, and Paul Karehnke


6:30 pm – Dinner (12 Bones, 5 Foundy Street, Asheville, NC 28801)



Saturday, May 6


8:00 - 8:30 am – Breakfast for participants and their guest


8:45 - 10:30 – Session 3 


           Do Labor Markets Discipline? Evidence from RMBS Bankers (not linking paper)

            John Griffin, Samuel Kruger, and Gonzalo Maturana


          Who Provides Liquidity and When: An Analysis of Price vs. Speed Competition on Liquidity and Welfare

               Mao Ye


10:30 - 10:45 – Mid-Morning Coffee Break


10:45 - 12:30 – Session 4


           Blocks in Stocks and Shocks to Blocks: Evidence of the impact of activist blockholders on firm value

           Lee J. Cohen, Stuart L. Gillan


           Pockets of Poverty: The Long-Term Effects of Redlining

               Ian Appel, Jordan Nickerson


12:30 – 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.


Past Conferences:

2016 "Smokey" Mountain Finance Conference Information


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