Research Interests

Corporate governance and executive compensation; Corporate finance; Cross-disciplinary governance topics

Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation

1. Shareholder Governance and CEO Compensation: The Peer Effects of Say on Pay

    • Review of Financial Studies 33 (7), Jul 2020, pp. 3130-3173

    • Joint with D. K. Denis and A. Rajamani

    • Presentations: Drexel Corporate Governance; EFA and others.

    • Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (Aug 2019): Link

2. The Retention Effects of Unvested Equity: Evidence from Accelerated Option Vesting

    • Review of Financial Studies 31 (11), Nov 2018, pp. 4142–4186

    • Joint with T. Ladika and Z. Sautner

    • Presentations: WFA; EFA and others.

    • Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (Mar 2018): Link

3. Why have CEO Pay Levels Become Less Diverse? (with G. Ormazabal and A. Rajamani )

  • Presentations: AFA 2022; AAA 2021; SFS Cavalcade NA 2021; Drexel Corporate Governance Early Session Ideas 2019 and others.

  • Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (Nov 2020): Link

  • Featured in Duke's FinReg blog on Financial Regulation (Feb 2021): Link

4. Bias Propagation in Economically Linked Firms (with F. Peters).

  • Presented at: AFA, EFA, Miami Behavioral Finance

5. Does Proxy Access Increase Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from a Natural Experiment.

6. Geographic Diversification and Bank Stability: New Evidence from Topographic Variation.


Governance broadly

7. Can the Design of Electoral Institutions Improve Perceptions of Democracy in Fragile States? Evidence from Afghanistan

  • Journal of Global Security Studies 5 (3), Jul 2020, pp. 443–462

  • Joint with I. Murtazashvili and J. Murtazashvili

8. Establishing Local Government in Fragile States: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan

  • World Development 77 (1), Jan 2016, pp. 293-310.

  • Joint with I. Murtazashvili, J. Murtazashvili

9. Social Identify and Voting in Afghanistan: Evidence from a Survey Experiment

  • Journal of Experimental Political Science 2 (1), Spring 2015, pp. 47-62.

  • Joint with I. Murtazashvili, J. Murtazashivili

10. Standing of Shoulders of Giants: How Star Scientists Influence their Co-Authors (with N. Betancout and S. Otner).

  • Revise & Resubmit at Research Policy

11. Why don't we talk about it? Communication and Coordination in Teams (with J. Dietrichson and J. Gudmundsson)

  • Revise & resubmit at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization