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earl mckinney andy garcia“Big Data, Digital Demand, and Decision-Making”

International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, Volume 26, issue 4, 2017.

Authors: McKinney E., Green S., Heppard K., and Garcia L.

ABS Rating: 2

Impact of Article on Discipline: “We argued that one of Big Data’s major impacts on the accounting community will be changes in consumers’ demand of accounting data. Big Data will lead consumers to prefer more atomized, transparent, reconfigurable, accounting data that they can combine into their own structures to meet their own decision-making needs.  This will broaden the role of accounting to now include the opportunity to identify and provide many more forms of valid financial measures.”

 “Attractive orienteering problem with proximity and timing interactions”

European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 266, Issue 1, 2018, p. 354-370.

Authors:  Freeman, N. K., Keskin, B. B., and Capar, I.

ABS Rating: 4

Impact of Article on Discipline: “We consider an attractive orienteering problem for planning entertainment events. Specifically, we seek to determine a profit-maximizing tour and event plan among a set of candidate locations over a fixed time horizon. The proposed solution method are suitable for any traveling entertainment production, e.g., Cirque du Soleil (19-city USA tour), theatrical acts, circuses, fairs, and even traveling trade shows and craft events.”

 Amanda Cook“Random Effects Probit and Logit: Understanding Predictions and Marginal Effects”

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, p. 1-8.

Authors:  Bland, J. R., and Cook, A. C. 

ABS Rating: 1

Impact of Article on Discipline: “When conducting experiments where there is a binary outcome variable and when the treatment is randomly assigned one should use a Random Effects (RE) model. In Stata 13 and earlier, when one runs a RE model, one calculates a median marginal effect rather than a mean marginal effect. We provide code to calculate a mean marginal effect.”


Ren Zhang2 “Measuring the World Natural Rate of Interest”

Economic Inquiry, Volume 56, Issue 1, 2018, p. 530-544.

Authors:  Wynne, M. A., and Zhang, R.

ABS Rating: 3

Impact of Article on Discipline: “The natural rate of interest is the real interest rate which many central banks around the world try to track when making monetary policy. This paper makes the first attempt in the literature to estimate the natural interest rate for the world as a whole using an unobserved component model. It finds that the world natural interest rate has been trending down for the past few decades. The estimates also suggest that the foreign trend growth rate of output is an important determinant of the U.S. natural interest rate. In addition, this paper provides some explanation for the loose monetary policy adopted worldwide.”

 “Catering to Behavioral Demand for Dividends and Its Potential Agency Issue”

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal 2017, Volume 46, 269-291.

Authors:  Jun, X., Li, M., and Chen, Y.

ABS Rating: 2

Impact of Article on Discipline: “The traditional view is that paying dividend helps alleviate agency issues since paying dividend reduces a firm’s cash flow. However, we argue that managers may take advantage of investors’ behavioral demand for dividend and paying dividend creates a potential agency issue rather than mitigating. More importantly, the prevalent behavioral demand for dividend is mainly due to individual investors’ dividend chasing. Thus, catering to a behavioral demand for dividends creates a potential agency issue rather than mitigating one.”


“Employee Treatment and Contracting with Private Lenders: An Instrumental Approach for Stakeholder Management”

Journal of Business Ethics, 2017, p. 1-18 

Authors:  Francis, B., Hasan, I., Liu, L., and Wang, H.

ABS Rating: 3; Financial Times Top 50

Impact of Article on Discipline: “This paper provides empirical evidence that fair employee treatment reduces the cost of borrowing. The study focuses on two important groups of non-shareholder stakeholders—employees and creditors—to empirically investigate whether and to what extent fair employee treatment affects efficient contracting with bank lenders. It argues that fair employee treatment can serve as an instrument (the means) to facilitate efficient contracting with creditors and thus create value for shareholders (the end) in terms of lower loan costs and less restrictive provisions.”


sung bae chair “Currency Derivatives for Hedging: New Evidence on Determinants, Firm Risk, and Performance”

Journal of Futures Markets, 2018, Vol. 38, pp. 446-467.

Authors:  Bae, S. C., Kim, H. S., and Kwon, T. H.

ABS Rating: 3

Impact of Article on Discipline: “Employing firm-level data for Korean firms, this study finds that firms with more export, more foreign currency debt, and higher exchange rate exposures are likely to use more currency derivatives for hedging.  More importantly, the empirical results show that currency derivatives use by firms with high exposures is associated with lower firm risk but lower firm values as well.  These findings suggest that currency derivatives work in hedging risk and protecting values for firms with relatively low and manageable exposures.”


stephen rush “The Bond Coupon’s Impact on Liquidity

The Journal of Fixed Income, 2018, 27 (4), 34-39.

Author:  Rush, S.

ABS Rating: 2

Impact of Article on Discipline: “The paper helps explain how investors reallocate their portfolios after a liquidity shock. The unique contribution of the paper is to control for both changes in both liquidity risk and credit risk by using credit default swaps as a market measure of credit risk. The comparison of cash flows from a hedged bond position explains how bond investors manage liquidity risk and credit risk simultaneously.”

 steven cady“Volunteer Motivation: A Field Study Examining Why Some Do More, While Others Do Less”

Journal of Community Psychology, 2017, 1–12.

Authors:  Cady, S. H., Brodke, M., and Kim J. H.

ABS Rating: 2

Impact of Article on Discipline: “The findings found that the more confident the volunteer is in the whole team’s capabilities, the less likely they are to contribute effort to the team. This is often referred to as shirking or free riding. The findings suggest that it is important for managers of volunteer events to provide training and support to each team member to build their competence. The authors caution that overplaying how great things are going can backfire; particularly when people have options on where to contribute their time and energy.”


 “How Perceived Riskiness Influences the Selection of Women and Men as Senior Leaders”

Human Resource Management, DOI: 10.1002/hrm.219022018; 1–16. 

Authors:  Esch, C., Hopkins, M. M., O’Neil, D. A., and Bilmoria, D.

ABS Rating: 4

Impact of Article on Discipline: “In selection decisions for senior leadership positions, riskiness is perceived differently for similarly qualified female and male candidates. Moderately qualified women are perceived as significantly more risky than moderately qualified men. As a result, they are significantly less likely to be selected than equally qualified male candidates. Women need to have highly successful records of accomplishment in order to be perceived as less risky and thus to be considered for senior leadership roles. As a result, women likely have less leeway in their career paths and have fewer chances to ascend to senior levels than do men with similar qualifications.”

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