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.

Use the links to the left to find out more about the research that our department facilitates.

SSRN

Browse Smith Faculty Working Papers at Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)

Improving Access To Banking Without Sacrificing Profits
New research explores a successful bank making an impact in poor, rural areas in Africa.
Feb 18, 2021
Correcting the Course of Factor Models
Researchers have struggled with using characteristics-based factor models to summarize cross-sections of stock returns. Homing in on a few characteristics was seen as a potential solution. But new Maryland Smith research has other ideas.
Feb 15, 2021
How Corporate Taxes Benefit the Greater Good
New research shows how to best design corporate taxes and subsidies to spur companies to innovate in ways to have the greatest social impact.
Feb 05, 2021
Are Your Colleagues Influencing Your Investment Decisions?
When and how employees choose to participate their company's employee stock purchase plans might depend on what their colleagues do.
Jan 08, 2021
Getting to the Bottom of Discount Rate Variation
New research is important for understanding which economic forces might move expected stock returns in the first place.
Dec 17, 2020
Why it Takes More Than Just Good Timing to Succeed in the Market
Some traders time the market, others look for signs to get the most bang for their buck. But what’s the best method? Both, says new research.
Dec 17, 2020
How Climate Disasters Impact Investment Decisions
Living through a climate-related disaster can be a harrowing experience for anyone. For professional money managers, it can even impact their investment decisions.
Dec 11, 2020
Taking Another Look At A Way to Evaluate Mutual Funds
New research refutes a critique of a way to evaluate mutual fund performance.
Dec 10, 2020
How to Pick the Best Mutual Funds
New research from Maryland Smith pioneers a way to sift through the thousands of active mutual funds to winnow them down to a set of the best ones to invest in.
Dec 10, 2020
How Money Market Funds React to Crisis
How do U.S. money market funds respond to a crisis? New research explores what happened during the European debt crisis that spiraled when Greece required a bailout.
Dec 10, 2020

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