Bio

Ben is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Ben's research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, law and finance, and financial intermediation. His research papers have been published in several leading finance and management journals, and have been selected for presentation at various international conferences, including EUROFIDAI Paris Finance Conference, Financial Management Association (FMA) Conferences, and European Financial Management Associations (EFMA) Annual Meeting.

Ben has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for several ABS-rated journals including Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, European Management Journal, Corporate Governance: International Review, European Journal of Finance, and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money.

Ben is an Associate Editor of Finance Research Letters and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ben's research projects have won research fundings from the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Carnegie Trust.

Working papers

Climate change risk and the costs of mortgage credit

(with Louis Nguyen, Steven Ongena, and Sushen Qi)

Media Coverage: Duke University

Same-sex marriage laws and lending to same-sex couples

(with Jens Hagendorff and Louis Nguyen)

Does Shareholder Litigation Risk Cause Public Firms to Delist? Evidence From Securities Class Action Lawsuits

(with Jonathan Brogaard, Nhan Le, and Louis Nguyen)

Publications

2021

Gender diversity and the spillover effects of women on boards

(with Maria Boutchkova, Angelica Gonzalez, and Brain Main, CGIR Editor's Pick / Lead Article)

Corporate Governance: An International Review, 29(1): 2-21.

Does cooperation of women in top positions enhance or impede firm performance?

(with Angelica Gonzalez and Lu Xing, Lead Article)

British Accounting Review, 53(4): 1-20.

2020

Does Shareholder Litigation Affect Corporate Information Environments?

(with Nhan Le and Louis Nguyen; FMA Asia Best Paper Award Finalist)

Journal of Financial Markets, In press.

Do anti-bribery laws reduce the cost of equity? Evidence from the U.K. Bribery Act 2010

(with Suhee Kim and William Rees)

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 47(3-4): 438-455.

2019

Does corporate culture affect bank risk-taking? Evidence from loan-level data

(with Louis Nguyen and Linh Nguyen)

British Journal of Management, 30(1): 106-133.

Media coverage: LSE Business Review, Scottish Financial News

2017

Independent director reputation incentives and stock price informativeness

(with Angelica Gonzalez and Jens Hagendorff)

Journal of Corporate Finance, 47: 219-235.

2016

Women on board: Does boardroom gender diversity affect firm risk?

(with Angelica Gonzalez and Jens Hagendorff)

Journal of Corporate Finance, 36: 26-53.

Media coverage: CFA Digest, LSE Business Review, Board Agenda

Teaching

Foundations of Econometrics (PhD), 2017 – present

Quantitative Research Methods in Finance (MSc), 2013 – present

Financial Modelling with Excel (MA Hons), 2015 – 2018

Investments and Securities Markets (MA Hons), 2015 – 2017

Investment Management (MSc), 2015 – 2017

Statistics for Finance (MSc), 2013 – 2014

Contact information

University of Edinburgh Business School

29 Buccleuch Place

Edinburgh EH8 9JS

Email: ben.sila (at) ed.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 4311