Finance Group


Finance Seminars (PhDBA 239S)


Spring 2015


Updated: March 30, 2015


The seminars are scheduled every Thursday from 11:10 am-12:30 pm in room C220 Cheit Hall (except for April 2). These seminars are free and are open to the public.


Faculty Coordinator, Spring Seminars:  Professor Adair Morse

February 5 Thursday

Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago)
Diagnosing the Italian Disease (with Bruno Pellegrino, University of California-Los Angeles)  (pdf)

February12 Thursday

Luigi Pistaferri (Stanford University)
Back to Background Risk? (with Andreas Fagereng, Statistics Norway; and Luigi Guiso, EIEF)  (pdf)

February 19 Thursday

No Seminar

February 26 Thursday

Giorgia Piacentino (Washington University, St. Louis)
Bank Capital, Bank Credit and Unemployment (with Jason Donaldson and Anjan Thakor, Washington University, St. Louis)  (pdf)

March 5 Thursday

Christine Dobridge (University of Pennsylvania)
Fiscal Stimulus and Firms: A Tale of Two Recessions  (pdf)

March 12 Thursday

Juhani Linnainmaa (University of Chicago)
Retail Financial Advice: Does One Size Fit All? (with Stephen Foerster, Western University; Brian Melzer, Northwestern University; and Alessandro Previtero, Western University)  (pdf)

March 19 Thursday

Viktor Todorov (Northwestern University)
Tail Risk Premia and Return Predictability (with Tim Bollerslev, Duke University; and Lai Xu, Syracuse University)   (pdf)

March 26 Thursday

No Seminar - Spring Break

April 2 Thursday

Joint Stanford-Berkeley Finance Seminar at Stanford
1:30-5:20 pm, Gunn Building (Room G102)

1:30-2:20 pm  Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, Berkeley
Stock Returns over the FOMC Cycle (with Anna Cieslak, Northwestern University; and Adair Morse, UC Berkeley)

2:20-3:10 pm  Victoria Vanasco, Stanford
Relationship Lending: Do Banks Learn? (with Matthew Botsch, Bowdoin College)

3:10-3:40 pm   Coffee Break

3:40-4:30 pm   William Fuchs, Berkeley
Transparency and Distressed Sales under Asymmetric Information (with Aniko Öry, Yale University; and Andy Skrzypacz, Stanford University)  (pdf)

4:30-5:20 pm  Arvind Krishnamurthy, Stanford
A Model of the Reserve Asset

April 9 Thursday

No Seminar - Spring NBER date

April 16 Thursday

Bernard Herskovic (New York University)
Networks in Production: Asset Pricing Implications (paper link); paper will be updated

April 23

Sylvain Chassang (Princeton University)
Topic TBA

April 30 Thursday

Itamar Drechsler (New York University)
Topic TBA

May 7 Thursday

Victoria Ivashina (Harvard University)
Topic TBA

For more information about the Finance Seminars, please contact June Wong, faculty assistant, at (510)642-1499 or e-mail her: june@haas.berkeley.edu