2019 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: September 5-6, 2019

Where: Insperity Classroom and Business Building room 328-330, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

Maps: Insperity Classroom & Business Building on Google maps, Insperity Building floor maps

Contact: LoneStar2019@bauer.uh.edu

Nearest Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms for Thursday and Friday at the Marriott Marquis Houston (1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010) for $179/night through this link.  The link expires on Thursday, August 8.  The hotel is on the Discovery Green, about 15 minutes from UH, and features a Texas-shaped lazy river.  Further, the conference dinner on Thursday night will be at a restaurant adjoined to the Marriott Marquis.  For guests staying Friday night, the hotel is right next to the baseball park.  There are many other hotels nearby if you want to shop around.

Thursday dinner: We have reservations at Xochi, a local favorite, for 6pm.

Friday activity: for those interested, the Astros will be playing the Mariners at 7:10pm at Minute Maid Park, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Public Transportation: The light rail – train 900- runs directly from the hotel to campus.

Campus Parking: Guest parking is available for $9 per day at the East Garage, right across the street from the business school

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

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


Thursday, September 5th
Dinner (6:00pm – 9:00pm)
Location: Xochi at the Marriott Marquis Hotel (1777 Walker St., Houston TX  77010)



Friday, September 6th
Breakfast (8:00am – 8:45am)
Location: Insperity Classroom and Business Building Room 328-330


Dean’s welcoming remarks (8:45am-9:00am)


Session #1 (9:00am-10:20am)

“Effects of Offering Speed and Liquidity on Pricing”
Tarik Umar (Rice), Emmanuel Yimfor (Rice), Rustam Zufarov (Rice)
Discussant: Praveen Kumar (UH)

“‘Til Death Do Us Part: The Relative Merits of Founder CEOs”
Tristan J. Fitzgerald (TAMU)
Discussant: Vikram Nanda (UT-Dallas)


Coffee Break (10:20am-10:40am)


Session #2 (10:40am-12:00pm)

“The Earnings Announcement Premium as Uncertainty Aversion: Theory and Evidence”
David L. Dicks (Baylor), Brian Kim (Baylor)
Discussant: Bruce Carlin (Rice)

“Slowly Unfolding Disasters”
Mohammad Ghaderi (UH), Mete Kilic (USC), Sang Byung Seo (UH)
Discussant: Hagen Kim (TAMU)


Lunch (12:00pm-1:30pm)


Session #3 (1:30pm-2:50pm)

“Discrimination in the Auto Loan Market”
Alexander W. Butler (Rice), Erik J. Mayer (SMU), James P. Weston (Rice)
Discussant: John Griffin (UT-Austin)

“Do Municipal Bond Dealers Give their Customers Best Execution or Opportunistic Pricing?”
John M. Griffin (UT-Austin), Nicholas Hirschey (LBS), Samuel Kruger (UT-Austin)
Discussant: Stacey Jacobsen (SMU)


Coffee Break (2:50pm-3:10pm)


Session #4 (3:10pm-4:30pm)

“What Explains Regional Externalities in Firm Behavior?”
William Grieser (TCU), James LeSage (TSU), Morad Zekhnini (Tulane)
Discussant: Cesare Fracassi (UT-Austin)

“Market Power and Consumer Welfare: Evidence from Home Rental Markets”
Steven Chong Xiao (UT-Dallas), Serena Wenjing Xiao (UT-Dallas)
Discussant: Vijay Yerramilli (UH)


Happy hour
Location: Rooftop bar (4701 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Houston, TX  77004)