2015-2016 Student Research Analysts

Fall 2015 Student Research Analysts

During the Fall 2015 semester, twenty 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:

Farhan Attamimi '17FARHAN ATTAMIMI ’17 is working to build an application for Professor Ananda Ganguly to be used in accounting research experiments to evaluate how investment decisions are influenced by relevance and reliability in accounting reports.

 

 

 

Gabriel Ayala '16GABRIEL AYALA ’16 is the tutor for the Bloomberg and Capital IQ at the FEI. He is also working with Professor Joshua Rosett on constructing regional stock indices including a Los Angeles index and Inland Empire index.

 

 

 

 

Bhavika Booragadda '18BHAVIKA BOORAGADDA ’18 is working with Professor Angela Vossmeyer on a paper that investigates the origins of too-big-to-fail by examining banks’ requests for recapitalization submitted to the RFC in Illinois and New York, focusing on the money centers of Manhattan and Chicago’s loop. The results offer important implications for lender of last resort policies and the effect of preferentially treating the nation’s largest banks.

 

 

Aviv Caspi '16AVIV CASPI ’16 is the Python tutor at the FEI and is also working with Professor Joshua Rosett on a project on Building Regional and Industry Segment Equity Indices for California.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Doehr '16RACHEL DOEHR ’16 is the Stata tutor at the FEI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Gerstenberger '17JACK GERSTENBERGER ’17 is working with Professor Darren Filson and Brian Dennis in which he is helping them examine variables that impact the tenure length of college presidents. By identifying personal characteristics, executive compensation, and institutional performance metrics, they will use this information to conduct statistical analyses that will enable them to predict college president tenure length.

 

 

Matthieu Hafemeister '17MATTHIEU HAFEMEISTER ’17 is working on a project with Professor Andrew Finley on a project researching the significance and impact of settlements with IRS on companies’ effective tax rate. He is also working with Professor Joshua Rosett on a project involving reporting and analyzing Mergers and Acquisitions, specifically in Southern California.

 

 

 

Michael Irvine '16MICHAEL IRVINE ’16 is working with Professor Darren Filson to create a new way of analyzing and ranking economics journals, including by examining median citations and time-based changes in citation counts.

 

 

 

 

Christopher Jackson '17CHRISTOPHER JACKSON ’17 is working with CGU Professor Paul Zak analyzing physiological data comparing two different types of persuasion styles: (1) The promotion and betterment of one’s own life vs. (2) The promotion and betterment of people’s lives around you. These differences in persuasion tactics should influence the amount of money ultimately given in microfinance loans.

 

 

 

Kanishk Kapur '18KANISHK KAPUR ’18 is working on a project with Professor George Batta to determine the effect of a subsidiary initiating CDS trading on a diversified firm’s internal capital market.

 

 

 

 

Kaitlyn Kelleher '17KAITLYN KELLEHER ‘17 is working with Professor Eric Helland to research the difference in the SEC’s success rate when they bring a case to their own administrative judges versus when they must file the case in a criminal court of law.

 

 

 

 

Shengyue Lisy Li '18SHENGYUE “LISY” LI ’18 is working with Professor Angela Vossmeyer on a project investigating the stigma caused by rescue programs during the financial downturns and analyzing how it affects a bank’s ability to operate as a financial intermediary using a novel data set from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in the Great Depression.

 

 

 

Mingda Liu '17MINGDA LIU ’17 is working with Professor Richard Burdekin on a project researching the monetary and fiscal policymaking in South Pacific countries by compiling and analyzing data using Stata and Excel. He also oversees the content and the maintenance of the FEI website.

 

 

 

Sean Sakaguchi '16SEAN SAKAGUCHI ’16 is working as the Excel tutor at the FEI, providing training on Excel and spreadsheet utilization, and he answers students’ basic and more accelerated questions in the use of this program as they apply to school projects, personal interests, or professional projects.

 

 

 

Abigail Schantz '18ABIGAIL SCHANTZ ’18 is working on a project with Professor Eric Helland to research the difference in the SEC’s success rate when they bring a case to their own administrative judges versus when they must file the case in a criminal court of law.

 

 

 

Andrew Sheets '17ANDREW SHEETS ’17 is working to build an application for Professor Ananda Ganguly to be used in accounting research experiments to evaluate how investment decisions are influenced by relevance and reliability in accounting reports.

 

 

 

George Vojta '17GEORGE VOJTA ’17 is working on a project with Professor Eric Helland to research the difference in the SEC’s success rate when they bring a case to their own administrative judges versus when they must file the case in a criminal court of law.

 

 

 

Albert Xu '17ALBERT XU ’17 is working with Professor Sven Arndt on several projects, one of which is titled, “Economic Stability in a Contemporary Setting.”

 

 

 

 

Andrew Yeh '17ANDREW YEH ’17 is working with Professor Eric Hughson on a project looking at momentum as a factor cause of idiosyncratic equity returns and examining its properties and return distribution.

 

 

 

 

Yi Nora Zhang '17YI “NORA” ZHANG ’17 is working with Professor Mitch Warachka on two projects. The first one investigates the impacts of insurance policies on religious activities by portfolio analysis at county level. The second one is a study on the cost of inattention through investigation of Airbnb prices during major sports events.