Annual Conference

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Sustainable and Green Finance

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May 2022

Using location- and time-specific fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) data in Beijing, we document that regulators are more likely to approve IPOs in China on hazy days. Our results are robust to specifications that control for listing firms’ characteristics, the composition of the IPO revie...
Keywords: Air Pollution, IPO, Regulatory Oversight, China, Cognitive Ability, Mood
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Annual Conference

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Sustainable and Green Finance, Senior Fellows/Fellows

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May 2022

We evaluate the impact of the 2008 Apex Oil court decision that made the creditors of some corporations financially liable for the environmental damages caused by specific pollutants. Apex reduced the circumstances under which environmental liabilities were dischargeable in Chapter 11, which generat...
Keywords: environmental liabilities, pollution, creditors, bankruptcy.
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Annual Conference

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Sustainable and Green Finance

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May 2022

We propose a strategic theory of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Shareholder maximizers commit to a mission statement that extends beyond firm value maximization. This commitment leads firms to change their actions in ways that ultimately favor shareholders. We thus provide a formal analysis ...
Keywords: Leadership, corporate social responsibility, shareholder model, stakeholder model, externalities, mi
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Annual Conference

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Household Finance

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May 2022

Many consumers below the top of the distribution of a representative population by cognitive abilities barely react to monetary and fiscal policies that aim to stimulate consumption and borrowing, even when they are financially unconstrained and despite substantial debt capacity. Differences in inco...
Keywords: Cognition, Behavioral Macroeconomics, Heterogeneous Agents, Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Beliefs, Red
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Annual Conference

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Household Finance

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May 2022

This paper documents the link between political voice and economic decision-making. Combining the dilution of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as a shock to the enfranchisement of Black Americans with granular data on the US mortgage market, we document a 14.7% decline in mortgage origination for ...
Keywords: voting rights, mortgages, lending, race, discrimination, fear of rejection, homophily
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