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

Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics (CETAFE)

March 29-30 2019

Friday, March 29th 2019 [All Friday Sessions in Fertitta Hall (JFF), room LL125]

8:15-8:45am      Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00am      Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Session 1: Forester Wong Presiding

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
Presenting Author: Lea Stern (University of Washington)
Discussant: Joshua Lee (University of Georgia)

10:30-11:00 am  Coffee break

Session 2: Oguzhan Ozbas Presiding

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

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

12:30-1:30pm    Lunch: patio between Fertitta Hall (JFF) and Popovich Hall (JKP)

Session 3: Lorien Stice-Lawrence Presiding

1:30-2:15pm      Noise Trading: An Ad-based Measure
Presenting 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
Presenting Author: Dawoon Kim (Cornell University)
Discussant: Rajiv Banker (Temple University)

3:00-3:30pm      Coffee break

Session 4: Yanhui Wu Presiding

3:30-4:15pm      Predictive Analytics and the Changing Manufacturing Employment Relationship: Plant Level Evidence from Census Data
Presenting 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
Presenting Author: Don Bowen (Virginia Tech)
Discussant: Mark Lang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

5:00-5:45pm      Break, walk to University Club at 5:35

5:45-6:30pm      Predinner Reception, University Club Patio

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

Saturday, March 30th 2019 [All Saturday Sessions in Popovich Hall (JKP), room 212]

8:15-9:00am      Continental Breakfast

Session 5: Yaron Levi Presiding

9:00-9:45am      Initial Coin Offerings: Early Evidence on the Role of Disclosure in the Unregulated Crypto Market
Presenting Author: Thomas Bourveau (Columbia University)
Discussant: Katie Moon (University of Colorado)

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

10:30-11:00 am  Coffee break

Session 6: Dan O’Leary Presiding

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

11:45-12:30pm   Learning from the Crowd: The Feedback Value of Crowdfunding
Presenting 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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