2011 Lone Star Finance Symposium

at the University of Houston

This year's Lone Star Finance Symposium will be hosted by UH's Finance Department


When: Friday, September 9, 2011

Where: Room 118, Melcher Hall, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

Melcher Hall on Google maps, Melcher Hall floor maps

Contact: Giorgo Sertsios

Nearest Hotel: Hilton University of Houston, 4450 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204-3902, Tel: 1-832-531-6300
You can book at room at a reduced rate ($118 plus tax) by calling (866) 327-1161.

Parking: Parking Garage at the "Welcome Center" (Parking garage entrance on Google maps)
Enter from Martin Luther King Boulevard, drive up to Level 2, pass through the gate, find a free parking space. Walk a few hundred feet North to Melcher Hall. Find us in Room 118. We'll give you a validated ticket, so you won't have to pay for parking.

Travel information: Houston has two major airports. Hobby (HOU) is nearer to UH; it is served mainly by Southwest Airlines. Intercontinental (IAH) is served by the main carriers.

Internet access while at UH: use the "UHWireless" SSID (no password needed).

Paper presenters have 30 minutes for their presentations. Discussants have 10 minutes.


Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

8:30am-9:15am: Light breakfast, in the lobby of Melcher Hall (outside room 118)

9:15am-9:30am: Welcome (Melcher Hall 118)

9:30am-10:35am: Paper 1

Title: “On Pricing Credit Default Swaps with Observable Covariates”
Authors: Hitesh Doshi, Jan Ericsson, Kris Jacobs and Stuart Turnbull.
Presenter: Hitesh Doshi, University of Houston
Discussant: Hwagyun Kim, Texas A&M University

10:35am-10:50am: Break

10:50am-11:55am: Paper two 

Title: “The Real effect of Short Sales”
Authors: Gustavo Grullon, Sebastien Michenaud and James Weston.
Presenter: Sebastien Michenaud, Rice University
Discussant: Nadia Vozlyublennaia, Texas Tech University

11:55am-1:30pm: Lunch, in the lobby of Melcher Hall (outside room 118)

1:30pm-2:35pm: Paper three 

Title: “How Do Private Placements enhance Firm Value?”
Authors: Indraneel Chakraborty and Nickolay Gantchev.
Presenter: Indraneel Chakraborty, Southern Methodist University
Discussant: Antonio Macias, Texas Christian University

2:35pm-2:50pm: Break

2:50pm-3:55pm: Paper four 

Title: “A Glimpse behind a Closed Door: The Investment Value of Buy-side Research and its effects on Fund Trades and Performance”
Authors: Michael Rebello and Kelsey Wei.
Presenter: Kelsey Wei, University of Texas at Dallas
Discussant: Tom George, University of Houston

3:55pm-4:10pm: Break

4:10pm-5:15pm: Paper five 

Title: “Dividend Policy, Production and Stock Returns: A Dividend-Based Explanation of Asset Pricing Anomalies”
Authors: Hwagyun Kim and Chanwoo Nam.
Presenter: Hwagyun Kim, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Praveen Kumar, University of Houston

Evening: Dinner at District 7 Grill, 1508 Hutchins St., Houston, TX 77003  (Google Map; Directions from UH)