PhD Symposium Speaker Affiliations and Program 2020


9:55 am EDT / 6:55 am PDT / 2:55 pm BST. Introductory remarks
• Scott Bauguess, University of Texas at Austin

10:00 a.m. Plenary 1The role of academic research in navigating the current crisis
• Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor of the IMF
• James Poterba, MIT and President of NBER
• Jeremy Stein, Harvard University
• Sheridan Titman, University of Texas at Austin (moderator)

11:15 a.m. Plenary 2Journal Editors discuss policy considerations in the editorial process
• Itay Goldstein, Wharton and Executive Editor, Review of Financial Studies
• Campbell R. Harvey, Duke University, Editor 2006-2012, Journal of Finance (moderator)
• Christian Leuz, University of Chicago and Senior Editor, Journal of Accounting Research
• Joao Santos, NYFRB and Co-Editor, Journal of Financial Intermediation

12:30 p.m. Plenary 3 Current and Previous Chief Economists of the SEC on research needed to fill policy gaps
• S.P. Kothari, MIT and Chief Economist, U.S. SEC (moderator)
• Craig Lewis, Vanderbilt University
• Erik Sirri, Babson College
• Chester Spatt, Carnegie Mellon University

2:15 p.m. Breakout 1Discussions with current and former regulators on how policymakers use academic research.

Disclosure and Governance
• Tara Bhandari, Financial Economist, U.S. SEC
• Kathleen Hanley, Lehigh University (moderator)
• Daniel Taylor, Wharton
• Joshua White, Vanderbilty University

Financial Intermediation
• William Bassett, Associate Director, FRB Board of Governors
• Mitchell Berlin, Vice President, FRB of Philadelphia
• Mark Carey, Co-President of GARP Risk Institute (moderator)
• Nicola Cetorelli, Vice President, NYFRB

Market Structure
• Gregg Berman, Citadel Securities
• Peter Dixon, Financial Economist, U.S. SEC
• Amy Edwards, Assistant Director, U.S. SEC
• Jonathan Sokobin, Chief Economist, FINRA (moderator)

Asset Management
• Xanthi Gkougkousi, Financial Economist, U.S. SEC
• Woodrow Johnson, Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist, U.S. SEC (moderator)
• Christof Stahel, Senior Economist, Investment Company Institute

3:30 p.m. Breakout 2Ph.D. student working paper and research presentations

Disclosure and Governance, chaired by Jeffrey Coles, University of Utah
• Evisa Bogdani, University of Kentucky
• Daeun Lee, Baruch College
• Christopher Oehler, Goethe University

Financial Intermediation, chaired by Anjan Thakor, Washington University in St. Louis
• Mehran Ebrahimian, Wharton
• Amit Kumar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
• Lee Seltzer, University of Texas at Austin
• Jing Wen, Columbia University

Market Structure, chaired by Albert S. (Pete) Kyle, University of Maryland
• Sida Li, University of Illinois
• Botao Wu, New York University
• Ewelina Zurowska, Wharton

Asset Management, chaired Laura Starks, University of Texas at Austin
• Aymeric Bellon, Wharton
• Rachel Flam, Texas A&M
• Lawrence Hsiao, Northwestern University
• Alison Taylor, University of Toronto

5:15 p.m. Breakout 3Special topics discussions, with industry, academic, and regulatory speakers.

ESG and CSR developments in the asset management industry
• Hans Christensen, University of Chicago
• Jennifer Marietta-Westberg, Cornerstone Research (moderator)
• Laura Starks, University of Texas at Austin
• Diederik Timmer, Executive Vice President, Sustainalytics

Capital market effects of disclosure and auditing in emerging markets
• James Doty, former Chairman PCAOB
• Francine McKenna, Independent Journalist and American University
• Shiva Rajagopal, Columbia University (moderator)

Fairness, efficiency, and stability of fixed income and ETF market structure
• Reena Aggarwal, Georgetown University (moderator)
• Tim Husson, Associate Director, U.S. SEC
• Ananth Madhavan, Managing Director, Blackrock
• Kumar Venkataraman, Southern Methodist University

Financial Innovation from FinTech
• Cesare Fracassi, University of Texas at Austin
• Julapa Jagtiani, Senior Economic Advisor, FRB of Philadelphia
• Melissa Koide, CEO FinRegLab
• John Schindler, Associate Director, FRB Board of Governors (moderator)