1st Desert Finance Conference

Date: September 19, 2008
Time: Sessions from 9 AM to 5 PM
Location: Business Room 321

The 1st Desert Finance Conference will be held at the University of Texas at El Paso. The conference will feature five research papers in the area of finance and feature participants from NMSU, UNM, and UTEP. It is designed to provide a platform for faculty to share their research and to allow for the development of research networks with colleagues. In addition it provides doctoral students a great opportunity to participate in a relaxed yet intellectually stimulating research forum.

List of Participants

Jim Cormier, Lecturer of Finance, University of New Mexico.
Na Dai, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of New Mexico.
Erik Devos, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Texas at El Paso.
Bill Elliott, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Texas at El Paso.
Sankaran Harikumar, Associate Professor of Finance, New Mexico State University.
Emmanuel Morales-Camargo, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of New Mexico
John Schatzberg, Professor of Finance, University of New Mexico.
Oscar Varela, Professor of Finance, University of Texas at El Paso.
Gautam Vora, Professor of Finance, University of New Mexico.
Eddie Wei, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Texas at El Paso.
Faith Xie, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Texas at El Paso.


Program

Thursday, September 18, 2008

8:00 pm. Welcoming dinner
 (at Great American Land and Cattle –600 Valley Chili Rd, Anthony, TX).
Opening , Oscar Varela, University of Texas at El Paso.

Friday, September 19, 2008 (note that all sessions will be held in COBA # 321)

9:00 – 10:00 SESSION 1

Chair: Erik Devos, University of Texas at El Paso.
Presenter: Na Dai (University of New Mexico) Co- authored with Douglas Cumming (York University).
Paper title: Limited attention, fund size, and private equity valuations.
Discussant: Eddie Wei, University of Texas at El Paso.

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break.

10:15 – 11:15 SESSION 2

Chair: Faith Xie, University of Texas at El Paso.
Presenter: Bill Elliott (University of Texas at El Paso) Co-authored with Johanna Koëter-Kant (VU University Amsterdam), and Richard S. Warr (North Carolina State University).
Paper title: Target debt ratios: Speed of adjustment and equity mis-pricing.
Discussant: Sankaran Harikumar, New Mexico State University.

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break.

11:30 – 12:30 SESSION 3


Chair: Oscar Varela, University of Texas at El Paso.
Presenter: Emmanuel Morales-Camargo (University of New Mexico).
Paper title: Underpricing and Aftermarket Liquidity: An Empirical Exploration of HK IPOs.
Discussant: Erik Devos, University of Texas at El Paso.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break.

13:30 – 14:30 SESSION 4


Chair: Bill Elliott, University of Texas at El Paso.
Presenter: Oscar Varela (University of Texas at El Paso) Co-authored with Khaled Abdou (Pennsylvania State at Berks).
Paper title: The role of venture capitalists in international portfolio companies.
Discussant: Gautam Vora. University of New Mexico.

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 15:45 SESSION 5

Chair: Eddie Wei, University of Texas at El Paso.
Presenter: Sankaran Harikumar (New Mexico State University) Co-authored with Jayashree Harikumar (New Mexico State University), and Elena Skouratova (University of Texas at San Antonio).
Paper title: The Significance of Dow Jones Industrial Average Milestones.
Discussant: Faith Xie, University of Texas at El Paso.

For complete details and links to papers, see this document (PDF).

 
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