Finance Research

The finance faculty is an active research group dedicated to advancing the understanding of financial economics. Many of the faculty have earned international reputations for contributions to their fields. They are officers of prestigious professional organizations, are editors of and serve on editorial boards of leading academic journals, and consult and teach for public and private sector organizations. They are frequent contributors to the leading scholarly journals in finance and economics.

The combined intellectual capital of the Smith School’s 150 full-time and 50 part-time faculty are geared to the forces that are transforming the global economy and business and dedicated to helping our students understand and adapt to change. The Smith School is consistently ranked in the top 15 in the world for faculty research by Businessweek and Financial Times.

Smith faculty finance papers on SSRN

Finance Seminar Speakers: Spring 2024

DateSpeakerLocation
March 15
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Christian Opp
University of Rochester
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VMH 1520
 
April 19
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Janet Gao
Georgetown University
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VMH 1330
April 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
David Autor 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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VMH 2333
April 26
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Kerry Back
Rice University
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VMH 1330
May 3
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Olivia Kim
Harvard Business School
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VMH 1330
May 17
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Philip Dybvig
Washington University in Saint Louis
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VMH 2333

Finance Seminar Speakers: Fall 2023

DateSpeakerLocation
September 7
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Stavros Panageas
UCLA
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Van Munching Hall, Room 2333
 
September 15
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Winston Dou
University of Pennsylvania
Van Munching Hall, Room 1330
September 29
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Dmitiry Muravyev      
Michigan State University
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Van Munching Hall, Room 1330
October 6
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Luigi Zingales
University of Chicago
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Van Munching Hall, Room 1330
October 18
3:30 p.m.
Ufuk Akcigit    
University of Chicago
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Tydings, Room 4103
November 17
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Sheridan Titman
University of Texas, Austin
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Van Munching Hall, Room 1330
December 8
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Lubos Pastor
University of Chicago
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Van Munching Hall, Room 1330
December 15
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Jason Sockin
Cornell University
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Van Munching Hall, Room 1330

Financial Databases & Software

The Robert H. Smith School of Business provides its faculty and students easy access to the world’s leading online real-time financial data and software. In partnership with the University of Maryland McKeldin Library, the Robert H. Smith School of Business provides its faculty and students with a world-class set of research financial and other business databases, and the software to access them. Thomson Reuters Reuters 3000 Xtra – 62 concurrent accesses Reuters 3000 Xtra is a high-speed, integrated information and transaction service. It gives users a commanding view of the global real-time financial arena and provides a combination of news, information and insight as well as access to the global Reuters trading community. Its integrated price discovery and trading capabilities across all asset classes mean that decisions can be made and executed from a single desktop. Reuters 3000 Xtra reflects Reuters vast experience in global financial markets; functionality is continually upgraded and content enriched. Datastream Advance Thomson Datastream Advance offers you access to the world's largest and most respected financial statistical database. It contains more than two million financial instruments, securities, and indicators for over 175 countries in 60 markets. With up to 50 years of history and over 8,000 different fields, it provides access to over one hundred million time series. Thomson Datastream Advance combines easy-to-use, pre-formatted charts and tabular reports with truly flexible charting to help reveal new insights and relationships. Bloomberg Bloomberg Professional – 6 full function terminals The BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service seamlessly integrates real-time and historical information on about 5 million bonds, equities, commodities, currencies and funds. The electronic library also comprises data on almost every publicly traded company and biographies of more than 1 million people. And because everything is provided in single source, information can be accessed, analyzed or archived with just a few keystrokes or clicks. Historical Databases and Retrieval Software Full access is available to members of the University of Maryland community and on the Maryland campus. WRDS We subscribe to the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), a web based data service that provides instant access to several research quality financial databases.

Research Articles

June 27, 2024
UMD Grand Challenges Grant Funds Work to Better Understand How Small Business Thrive
University of Maryland research shows small businesses thrive with high social connections, critical for funding and growth. A study involving over 70 Baltimore small-business owners highlights social capital's importance, revealing it influences financing more than local bank presence or income…
Read the article : UMD Grand Challenges Grant Funds Work to Better Understand How Small Business Thrive
June 12, 2024
AI Research Briefs
Finance professor Agustin Hurtado’s AI research highlights racial disparities in mortgage lending, while Information Systems researchers study AI chatbots' impact on mental health counseling. Marketing professor Michel Wedel explores predicting decisions via eye-tracking, and accounting professor…
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April 19, 2024
Benchmarking ESG in Banking Fundamentally Insufficient, Study Shows
Recent research by Pablo Slutzky from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests that targeted credit rationing by banks, akin to Operation Choke Point, fails to significantly impact firms' operations, raising questions about the effectiveness of ESG strategies in…
Read the article : Benchmarking ESG in Banking Fundamentally Insufficient, Study Shows
April 10, 2024
New UMD Smith SERC-ABA Report Defines ‘Basel III Endgame’ Flaws
Federal regulators are drafting new capital rules for banks, contested by industry experts like Clifford Rossi, Professor of the Practice and Director of SERC at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Rossi argues against the rules as he warns of adverse economic impacts.
Read the article : New UMD Smith SERC-ABA Report Defines ‘Basel III Endgame’ Flaws
March 11, 2024
Kroger-Albertsons and FTC Antitrust Standards
In September 2022, the proposed $24.6 billion merger of Krogers and Albertsons sparked controversy. The Federal Trade Commission intervened, citing concerns of reduced competition and higher prices. Amidst legal battles, a notable case study by Susan White at the University of Maryland explores the…
Read the article : Kroger-Albertsons and FTC Antitrust Standards
January 25, 2024
How Mafia Crackdowns Drive Competition and Innovation in Local Economies
The Italian Mafia is synonymous with organized crime and some of the country’s most powerful groups wield fearsome power across the world. Their strongholds start at the municipal level. Pablo Slutzky, a finance assistant professor at the Smith School of Business, studies how the mafia’s presence…
Read the article : How Mafia Crackdowns Drive Competition and Innovation in Local Economies
December 11, 2023
The Case for Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education
Companies have managed risk for years. Traditionally, each business unit evaluates and handles their own risk, then reports to the CEO. Now, conventionally, the practice is holistically evolving to “enterprise risk management” or “ERM.”
Read the article : The Case for Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education
November 30, 2023
Commercial Real Estate in Demise?
Pre-pandemic, healthy demand for office and retail spaces signaled a growing commercial real estate (CRE) market. Loans were readily available, often with favorable terms. But the COVID lockdowns shifted the landscape significantly with businesses shuttering and employees transitioning to…
Read the article : Commercial Real Estate in Demise?
August 29, 2023
Smith Experts Assess Drug Manufacturing Risk from Natural Hazards
A July tornado that tore across the Rocky Mount, N.C., region left severe damage including to a Pfizer facility. Amid subsequent supply chain disruption, the manufacturer alerted hospitals to a list of 12 drugs available only through emergency orders “due to their high medical need,” effective…
Read the article : Smith Experts Assess Drug Manufacturing Risk from Natural Hazards
August 24, 2023
AI-Powered Pricing: Does It Make the Buying Experience More Fair and Equitable?
Retailers have been using artificial intelligence for a while now. There’s the rudimentary use of it to send out enticing email promotions or timely online ads that we welcome at times and find annoying at others. But retailers are also using AI to track consumers’ behavior both online and in brick…
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