Dept. of Finance
Studies continually rank the Department of Finance at the University of Illinois as among the world's most productive finance research units. The Department is also home to outstanding teachers who deliver high-quality, challenging courses. Practice and learning converge to give Illinois finance students an active, engaging educational experience - in our pioneering Master of Science in Finance program, our top-tier PhD program, and in our nationally-ranked undergraduate curriculum.
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(2019-04-12)The first chapter demonstrates the prevalence and importance of pledging of shares by insiders in the U.S. I create the first comprehensive database of share pledges by insiders in the U.S. to reveal the prevalence of this ...
(2018-04-19)In the first chapter, using new patent-based industry-level measures of the horizons and values of corporate investment, I find that in response to an increase in long-term institutional ownership firms reallocate their ...
(2018-04-13)This thesis consists of three essays that examine empirical questions in corporate finance and labor markets. In the first essay, I use a matched employer-employee dataset linked with hand-collected data on M&A activity ...
(2018-04-09)The first essay, Creditor Rights and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Fraudulent Transfer Law, examines entrepreneurship following the adoption of modern-day fraudulent transfer laws in the United States. These laws remove ...
(2017-07-12)The first essay, Wage Differentials, Firm Investment, and Stock Returns, investigates the effects of labor costs on firms’ capital investments and stock returns. I estimate wage premia across U.S. industries and show that ...