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Charles M. C. Lee, Yuanyu Qu, Tao Shen
October 2019

We study firms that go public through reverse mergers (RMs) versus initial public offerings (IPOs) in China. Using a manually assembled data set, we show...

Zhengyang Jiang, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Hanno Lustig
September 24, 2019

US monetary policy has an outsized impact on the world economy, a phenomenon that Rey (2013) dubs the global financial cycle. Changes in the US dollar also have an outsized impact on the world economy,...

Darrell Duffie, Samuel Antill
August 1, 2019

In our modeled setting, we show that the now-common practice of size discovery detracts from overall Financial market efficiency. A continually operating exchange uses double auctions to discover prices and clear markets. At each of...

Charles M. C. Lee, Christina Zhu
August 2019

We use trade-level data to examine the role of actively managed funds (AMFs) in earnings news dissemination.   AMFs trade 170 percent more on earnings announcement (EA) days than on non-EA days.  Abnormal AMF participation is...

Charles M. C. Lee, Yanruo Wang, Qinlin Zhong
August 2019

We develop a Loan Portfolio Risk (LPR) variable that measures time-varying volatility in default risk for a portfolio of bank loans.  An Equity-to-LPR ratio (ELPR) is incrementally important in predicting bank failure up to five...

Claudia Robles-Garcia
May 30, 2019

Mortgage brokers acting as expert advisors for households often receive commission payments from lenders. This paper empirically analyzes the effects on welfare and market structure of regulations restricting this form of broker compensation. Loan-level data...

Charles M. C. Lee, Edward M. Watts
May 9, 2019

This study examines how an increase in tick size affects algorithmic trading (AT), fundamental information acquisition (FIA), and the price discovery process around earnings announcements (EAs). Leveraging the SEC’s randomized “Tick Size Pilot” experiment, we...

Anat R. Admati, Martin F. Hellwig
April 30, 2019

We take issue with claims that the funding mix of banks, which makes them fragile and crisis-prone, is efficient because it reflects special liquidity benefits of bank debt. Even aside from neglecting the systemic damage...

Juliane Begenau, Saki Bigio, Jeremy Majerovitz
April 2019

This paper presents five facts on the behavior of U.S. banks between 2007 and 2015 that impose useful restrictions on the formulation of a bank problem. (1) Market to book leverage ratio diverged significantly during...

Zhengyang Jiang, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Hanno Lustig
March 19, 2019

We develop a theory that links the U.S. dollar’s valuation in FX markets to foreign investors’ demand for U.S. safe assets. When the convenience yield that foreign investors derive from holding U.S. safe assets increases,...

Wenxin Du, Benjamin Hébert, Amy Wang
March 14, 2019

Violations of no-arbitrage conditions measure the shadow cost of constraints on intermediaries, and the risk that these constraints tighten is priced. We demonstrate in an intermediary-based asset pricing model that violations of no-arbitrage such as...

Juliane Begenau
January 14, 2019

Accepted at the Journal of Financial Economics

This paper develops a quantitative dynamic general equilibrium model in which households’ preferences for safe and liquid assets constitute a violation of Modigliani and Miller. I show that...

Barney Hartman-Glaser, Benjamin Hébert
January 6, 2019

Revise and Re-submit, Journal of Finance

We model the widespread failure of contracts to share risk using available indices. A borrower and lender can share risk by conditioning repayments on an index. The lender has private...

Eduardo Davila, Benjamin Hébert
January 2019

We study optimal corporate taxation when firms are financially constrained. We describe a corporate taxation principle: taxes should be levied on unconstrained firms, which value resources inside the firm less than constrained firms. Under complete...

Anat R. Admati
January 2019

A healthy and stable financial system enables efficient resource allocation and risk sharing. A reckless and distorted system, however, causes enormous harm. The cycles of boom, bust, and crisis that repeatedly plague banking and finance...

Claudia Robles-Garcia, NIkos Artavanis, Daniel Paravisini, Amit Seru, Margarita Tsoutsoura

This paper develops a new approach to isolate and quantify the extent to which deposit withdrawals are due to liquidity, exposure to policy risk, or expectations about how other depositors will behave. We use high...

Benjamin Hébert, Michael Woodford
November 14, 2018

Revise and Resubmit, Econometrica

We propose a new approach to modeling the cost of information structures in rational inattention problems: the “neighborhood-based” cost functions. These cost functions have two properties that we view as desirable:...

Benjamin Hébert, Michael Woodford
November 14, 2018

Revise and Re-submit, Econometrica

We derive, from first principles, continuous time models of rational inattention. We begin by describing dynamic discrete time models, and stating conditions on the cost of information in such models. Using these...

Shai Bernstein, Rebecca Diamond, Timothy James McQuade, Beatriz Pousada
November 6, 2018

We characterize the contribution of immigrants to US innovation, both through their direct productivity as well as through their indirect spillover effects on their native collaborators. To do so, we link patent records to a...