VSB Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance Program

Conference date

22 Mar 2019


Bartley Hall, Villanova, PA


In conjunction with the Villanova School of Business, we invite finance researchers to attend the Fourteenth Annual VSB Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance (MARC). This one-day, one-track MARC meeting on Friday, March 22, 2019, will be held in Bartley Hall on the Villanova University campus, from 8:15 am until 5:00 pm. We will be sharing high quality research papers in all areas of finance which will include Prof. Laura Starks of the U. of Texas as our keynote luncheon speaker. Also, we will have two additional distinguished speakers, Allen Berger (South Carolina) and Russell Wermers (Maryland).

9:00 Financial Institutions Session:
The Bond Pricing Implications of Rating-Based Capital Requirements
Scott Murray, Georgia State U. and Stanislava Nikolova, U. of Nebraska

Information Intermediaries: How Commercial Bankers Facilitate Strategic Alliances
Marc Frattaroli, Swiss Finance Inst./EPFL and Christoph Herpfer, Emory U.

10:15 Distinguished Speaker: Allen Berger, U. of South Carolina

11:00 Corporate Finance Session:
The Family Ownership Puzzle
Ronald C. Anderson, Temple U., David M. Reeb, National University of Singapore, Nan Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong U., and Masud Karim, Temple U.

Access to Capital and Investment Composition: Evidence from Fracking in North Dakota
Zack Liu, U. of Houston, Avishai Schiff, U. of Texas, and Nathan Swem, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

12:15 Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Laura Starks, U. of Texas

1:30 Investments Session:
Revealed Heuristics: Evidence from Investments Consultants’ Search Behavior
Sudheer Chava, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Soohun Kim, Georgia Inst. of Technology, and Daniel Weagley, Georgia Inst. of Technology

Can Reinvestment Risk Explain the Dividend and Bond Term Structures?
Andrei S. Gonçalves, U. of North Carolina

2:45 Distinguished Speaker: Russell Wermers, U. of Maryland

3:30 Financial Markets Session:
Institutional Order Handling and Broker-Affiliated Trading Venues
Amber Anand, Syracuse U., Mehrdad Samadi, Southern Methodist U., Jonathan S. Sokobin, FINRA, & Kumar Venkataraman, Southern Methodist U.

The Dollar Profits to Insider Trading
Peter Cziraki, U. of Toronto and Jasmin Gider, Tilburg U.

MARC Program Track Chairs:
Corporate Finance: Annette Poulsen, U. of Georgia

Financial Institutions: Scott Frame, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Financial Markets / Market Microstructure: Andy Puckett, U. of Tennessee

Investments: Adam Reed, U. of North Carolina

We encourage you to attend this one-day conference. If you wish to attend, then please follow the MARC conference link to register on-line and find out about lodging options:

If you have any questions about the conference, then please contact the MARC Program Co-Chairs, Prof. Michael Pagano (michael.pagano@villanova.edu) or Prof. John Sedunov (john.sedunov@villanova.edu)