Program for the 2008 Financial Research Association Meeting

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
December 13th and 14th, 2008

Saturday December 13, 2008

Session 1

Determinants of the Block Premium and of Private Benefits of Control. By Rui Albuquerque and Enrique Schroth
Discussant: Jeffrey Zwiebel
Published: Journal of Financial Economics, 2010

Style Investing, Comovement and Return Predictability. By Sunil Wahal and Deniz Yavuz
Discussant: Robin Greenwood
Forthcoming, Journal of Financial Economics

Are firms under-leveraged? Evidence from improved estimates of marginal tax rates. By Jennifer Blouin, John Core, and Wayne Guay
Discussant: Jim Schallheim
Published: Journal of Financial Economics, 2010

Session 2

Dynamic Risk: An Empirical Evaluation. By Greg Brown and Mike Cliff
Discussant: Adlai Fisher

Bankruptcy and the Collateral Channel. By Effi Benmelec and Nittai Bergman
Discussant: Sergei Davydenko
Published: Journal of Finance, 2011

Wine Tasting– 2005 Bordeaux: The greatest vintage of all time? Ocean One in the Miracle Mile.

Sunday December 14, 2008

Session 3

Costs and Benefits of ‘Friendly Boards’ During Mergers and Acquisitions. By Breno Schmidt
Discussant: Ilan Guedj

A Unique View of Hedge Fund Derivatives Usage: Safeguard or Speculation? By Spencer Martin and George Aragon
Discussant: Marcin Kacperczyk
Forthcoming, Journal of Financial Economics

The Power of Voice: Managerial Affective State and Future Firm Performance. By William J. Mayew and Mohan Venkata
Discussant: Lauren Cohen
Published: Journal of Finance, 2012, Lead article

Dinner– Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Casino