2014-2015 Student Research Analysts
During the 2014-2015 school year, twenty-one student Research Analysts were hired to work at the FEI. The following is a list of students, their faculty advisors, and a brief description of the research projects in which they were involved or the type of tutoring they provided:
AVIV CASPI ’16 is working with Professor Eric Helland on a project researching expert witness admissibility standards in pharmaceutical lawsuits and examining the most effective legal arguments for denying or admitting an expert witness.
JESSE CRABTREE ’16 is working with CGU Professor Paul Zak to determine the socioeconomic effects of alcohol consumption. He is also working on a second project with Zak, helping to build an economic model projecting movie revenues.
MICHAEL IRVINE ’16 is working with Professor Eric Helland on a project researching expert witness admissibility standards in pharmaceutical lawsuits and examining the most effective legal arguments for denying or admitting an expert witness.
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON ’17 is working with CGU Professor Paul Zak developing an experiment testing under what circumstances a subject is placed in order to elect to utilize an algorithm to solve a problem versus one’s own decision-making.
TOOBA KARIM ’16 is working with Professor Matthew Magilke examining whether investors react to the confirmatory nature of accounting information. The vast majority of existing accounting research focuses on the predictive value of accounting information and how investors react to this component. We intend to focus, instead, on the confirmatory value (or feedback value) of accounting information and examine how much investors value this component of relevance. Additionally, they intend to examine if there are certain industries and firm characteristics that lend themselves to investors valuing the confirmatory component relatively more than others.
MIN JUN “MJ” KIM ’15 is working with Professor Richard Burdekin performing an event study about the Chinese Super League and the funding of increased transfer spending by Chinese enterprises and revising a paper about NHL salary determination based on not only skills, but also on fighting ability.
ED LEATHERS ’15 is working with Professor Eric Hughson on the Congressional Insider Trading project, which examines the stock returns of Congressmen and whether these findings indicate insider trading.
ALBERT XU ’17 is working with Pomona College Professor Gary Smith on two projects. The first is investigating the theoretical and practical importance of taking into account the full term structure as opposed to a single discount rate while valuating stocks. The second project looks into whether or not investors overreact to news by an analyzing the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1928.
SOYEON “NIKKI” YEA ’15 is working with Professor Sven Arndt on a project entitled, “The Relationship between Exchange-Rate Expectations and Balance-of-Payments Adjustment in Economies with Internationally Integrated Finance Markets.”
ANDREW YEH ’17 is working with Professor Eric Hughson on deconstructing the factors of momentum returns with a leaning towards non-idiosyncratic factors. They are hoping to use this model in order to understand the phenomenon “momentum crashes.”
ZHONGYI “JOEY” YU ’17 is working with Professor Jeffrey Flory evaluating the effects of micro-finance on food security issues in Malawi and is also working on a project on deriving appropriate subsidy levels and solar panel financing schemes in rural Argentina for an ongoing World Bank electrification project.