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• #### Accounting Data, Market Values, and the Cross Section of Expected Returns Worldwide ﻿

(2015-06-08)
Under fairly general assumptions, expected stock returns are a linear combination of two accounting fundamentals―book to market and ROE. Empirical estimates based on this relation predict the cross section of out-of-sample ...
• #### Boardroom Centrality and Firm Performance ﻿

(2013)
Firms with central or well-connected boards of directors earn superior risk-adjusted stock returns. Initiating a long position in the most central firms and a short position in the least central firms earns an average ...
• #### The Cross Section of Expected Holding Period Returns and Their Dynamics: A Present Value Approach ﻿

(Elsevier, 2015)
We provide a tractable model of firm-level expected holding period returns using two firm fundamentals—book-to-market ratio and ROE—and study the cross-sectional properties of the model-implied expected returns. We find ...
• #### Economic Uncertainty and Earnings Management ﻿

(2016-03-30)
In the presence of managerial short-termism and asymmetric information about skill and effort provision, firms may opportunistically shift earnings from uncertain to more certain times. We document that firms report more ...
• #### Evaluating Firm-Level Expected-Return Proxies ﻿

(2014-11-06)
We develop and implement a rigorous analytical framework for empirically evaluating the relative performance of firm-level expected-return proxies (ERPs). We show that superior proxies should closely track true expected ...
• #### Golden Parachutes and the Wealth of Shareholders ﻿

(2014)
Golden parachutes (GPs) have attracted substantial attention from investors and public officials for more than two decades. We find that GPs are associated with higher expected acquisition premiums and that this association ...
• #### Governance through Shame and Aspiration: Index Creation and Corporate Behavior in Japan ﻿

(2017-09-08)
We study how a stock index can affect corporate behavior by serving as a source of prestige. After decades of low corporate profitability in Japan, the JPX-Nikkei400 index was introduced in 2014. The index selected 400 ...
• #### How Do Staggered Boards Affect Shareholder Value? Evidence from a Natural Experiment ﻿

(Elsevier, 2013)
The well-established negative correlation between staggered boards (SBs) and firm value could be due to SBs leading to lower value or a reflection of low-value firms' greater propensity to maintain SBs. We analyze the ...
• #### Measurement Errors of Expected Returns Proxies and the Implied Cost of Capital ﻿

(2013-05-22)
This paper presents a methodology to study implied cost of capital's (ICC) measurement errors, which are relatively unstudied empirically despite ICCs' popularity as proxies of expected returns. By applying it to the popular ...
• #### Reexamining staggered boards and shareholder value ﻿

(Elsevier BV, 2017)
Cohen and Wang (2013) (CW2013) provide evidence consistent with market participants perceiving staggered boards to be value reducing. Amihud and Stoyanov (2016) (AS2016) contests these findings, reporting some specifications ...
• #### Relative Performance Benchmarks: Do Boards Follow the Informativeness Principle? ﻿

(2017-03-23)
Relative TSR (rTSR) is increasingly used by market participants to judge and incentivize managerial performance. We evaluate the efficacy, reasons, and implications of firms' benchmarks in rTSR-based contracts. Although ...
• #### The Search for Benchmarks: When Do Crowds Provide Wisdom? ﻿

(2014-11-06)
We compare the performance of a comprehensive set of alternative peer identification schemes used in economic benchmarking. Our results show the peer firms identified from aggregation of informed agents' revealed choices ...
• #### Search-Based Peer Firms: Aggregating Investor Perceptions Through Internet Co-Searches ﻿

(Elsevier, 2015)
Applying a "co-search" algorithm to Internet traffic at the SEC's EDGAR website, we develop a novel method for identifying economically-related peer firms and for measuring their relative importance. Our results show that ...
• #### Short-Termism and Capital Flows ﻿

(2017-01-18)
During the period 2005-2014, S&P 500 firms distributed to shareholders more than $3.95 trillion via stock buybacks and$2.45 trillion via dividends―\$6.4 trillion in total. These shareholder payouts amounted to over 93% of ...
• #### Staggered Boards and Shareholder Value: A Reply to Amihud and Stoyanov ﻿

(2016-03-03)
In a paper published in the JFE in 2013, we provided evidence that market participants perceive staggered boards to be on average value-reducing. In a recent response paper, Amihud and Stoyanov (2015) “contest” our results. ...