Emerging Technologies Conference (CETAFE)

Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics

The University of Southern California is pleased to announce the 2019 Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics held Friday March 29th and Saturday March 30th, 2019 at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

This conference is intended to bring together leading academics doing research related to emerging technologies at the intersection of accounting and financial economics.

Sponsored by the Institute for Outlier Research in Business (iORB), the Leventhal School of Accounting, and the USC Department of Finance and Business Economics

REGISTER HERE. Please register by February 15, 2019.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Two experts, David Yermack from finance and Wayne Guay from accounting, will present keynote speeches and their perspectives on the conference’s main themes.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: Gerard Hoberg, Lorien Stice-Lawrence, Kenneth Ahern, Yaron Levi, Dan O'Leary, Forester Wong, T.J. Wong

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further questions, please contact Lorien Stice-Lawrence or Gerard Hoberg at

2019 CETAFE Program

Friday, March 29th 2019

8:15-8:50am  Continental Breakfast

8:50-9:00am  Welcome

9:00-9:45am  Keynote Address
Professor David Yermack
Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation
Chairman, Finance Department
New York University Stern School of Business

9:45-10:30am  Selecting Directors Using Machine Learning
Author: Lea Stern (University of Washington)
Discussant: Joshua Lee (University of Georgia)

10:30-11:00am  Coffee break

11:00-11:45pm  Analyst Conflict of Interest and Earnings Conference Call Informativeness
Author: Mani Sethuraman (Cornell University)
Discussant: Kathleen Hanley (Lehigh University)

11:45-12:30pm  Nonanswers During Conference Calls
Author: Ian Gow (University of Melbourne)
Discussant: Gennaro Bernile (University of Miami)

12:30-1:30pm  Lunch

1:30-2:15pm  Trade with Ads
Author: Joshua Madsen (University of Minnesota)
Discussant: Gustavo Grullon (Rice University)

2:15-3:00pm  Not All Investors Know-The Investment Value of Spamming Consumer Opinions
Author: Daewoo Kim (Cornell University)
Discussant: Rajiv Banker (Temple University)

3:00-3:30pm  Coffee break

3:30-4:15pm  The Rise of Big Data: Predictive Analytics and the Management of the Firm
Author: Jim Omartian (University of Michigan)
Discussant: John Bai (Northeastern University)

4:15-5:00pm  Technological Disruptiveness and the Evolution of IPOs and Sell-Outs
Author: Don Bowen (Virginia Tech)
Discussant: Mark Lang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

5:00-6:00pm  Break

6:00-6:30pm  Predinner Reception, University Club

6:30pm  Dinner & Keynote Address, University Club
Professor Wayne Guay
Yageo Professor of Accounting
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Editor, Journal of Accounting and Economics

Saturday, March 30th 2019    

8:15-9:00am  Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45am   A Theory of ICOs: Diversification, Agency, and Information Asymmetry
Author: Evgeny Lyandres (Boston University)
Discussant: Thomas Bourveau (Columbia University)

9:45-10:30am  Information vs Investment
Author: Anastasia Zakolyukina (University of Chicago)
Discussant: Jeremy Bertomeu (UC San Diego)

10:30-11:00am  Coffee break

11:00-11:45am  Attention, Acquisition Costs, or Executive Information? Using Big Data to Uncover the Sources of Local Information
Author: Forester Wong (University of Southern California)
Discussant: Scott Yonker (Cornell University)

11:45-12:30pm  Learning from the Crowd: The Feedback Value of Crowdfunding
Author: Ting Xu (University of Virginia)
Discussant: Beth Blankespoor (University of Washington)

12:30-12:40pm  Closing Remarks

12:40pm  Boxed Lunch

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