PhD Candidate in Accounting & Information Assurance
M.B., University of Canterbury, New Zealand; B.H., University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Gerald Ward started the program in Fall 2014. His research consists of empirical studies in the areas of financial accounting and corporate finance.
In his job market paper titled “Who is Talking about Whom? Determinants and Consequences”, he examines the determinants and consequences of peer firm mentions in earnings conference calls. In another research paper, published in Economic Inquiry, Gerald and his coauthor use the auctions and performance of racehorses to explore the value of private investment information. Other research examines how institutional investors change their shareholdings when firm control rights partially shift from shareholders to creditors, while another paper investigates whether firm cultural differences between the acquiring and target firms are associated with M&A outcomes.