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Corporate Governance Conference 2023

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI), in partnership with the Chookaszian Accounting Research Center at Chicago Booth, brought together leading scholars for academic exchange on recent developments in corporate governance research and the role of governance in ESG. Understanding the role of corporate governance is important as companies grapple with balancing the desire to address ESG-related challenges and other, more traditional demands faced by firms.

For each paper, the format was 20 minutes for the presenter, 10-15 minutes for the discussant, and 10-minute open questions from the audience.

All times are listed in CST.


Thursday, April 27, 2023
9:30 am - 9:55 am
Breakfast and Registration
8th Floor Lounge
9:55 am - 10:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Voluntary Investor Disclosure

Ryan McDonough, Rutgers University (Co-author)                       

Jordan Schoenfeld, University of Utah (Co-author)

Venky Nagar, University of Michigan (Presenter)

Charles McClure, University of Chicago (Discussant)

10:50 am - 11:40 am
Governance Transparency and Firm Value

Akash Chattopadhyay, University of Toronto (Co-author)

Sa-Pyung Sean Shin, Singapore Management University (Co-author)

Charles C.Y. Wang, Harvard University (Presenter)

Maria CorreiaLondon School of Economics (Discussant)

11:40 am - 11:55 am
Morning Break
11:55 am - 12:45 pm
Diversity Washing

Andrew C. Baker, University of California, Berkeley (Co-author)

David Larcker, Stanford University (Co-author)

Charles McClure, University of Chicago (Co-author)

Durgesh Saraph, Jump Trading (Co-author)

Edward M. Watts, Yale University (Presenter)

John Core, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Discussant)

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:35 pm
Panel: Perspectives on ‘G’ in ESG

David Larcker, Stanford University

Steven Kaplan, University of Chicago

Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago

Anastasia Zakolyukina, University of Chicago (Moderator)

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm
Afternoon Break
2:50 pm - 3:40 pm
Retail Investors and ESG News

Qianqian Li, Stanford University (Co-author)

Edward M. Watts, Yale University (Co-author)

Christina Zhu, University of Pennsylvania (Presenter)

Trung Nguyen, Harvard University (Discussant)

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm
Executive Team Ability Assessments: Determinants and Performance Implications

Robert Bushman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Co-author)

John Donovan, University of Notre Dame (Co-author)

Yadav Gopalan, Indiana University (Co-author)

Salman Arif, University of Minnesota (Presenter)

John Kepler, Stanford University (Discussant)

4:30 pm
Conference Concludes