A Special Conference by the FTG: Bridging Theory and Empirical Research in Finance

Jun 14 - Jun 15, 2024

Boston College, Boston


The goal of this special FTG conference, hosted by Boston College, is to bridge theory and empirical research in finance by bringing together theorists and empirical researchers working on corporate finance, financial intermediation, and financial markets. It is part of a broader initiative undertaken by the FTG to foster closer ties and interactions between theoretical and empirical finance research.


Hotel information

We have reserved a block of rooms at AC Hotel Boston Cleveland Circle (395 Chestnut Hill Ave, Boston, MA 02135) at a discounted group rate of $269 per night. The last day to book the hotel to get the special rate is May 21, 2024. This is the closest hotel to BC. Here is the link to make a reservation using the special group rate: Reservations

Another hotel that is reasonably close to BC is Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline (40 Webster St, Brookline, MA 02446).



All presentations and the Friday reception will take place in the Heights Room, located on the 2nd floor in the Corcoran Commons building (link to the map). For Uber/Lyft/taxi instructions: please enter “Corcoran Commons Boston College” or “Corcoran Commons Campanella Way, Chestnut Hill”.


2:15 – 3:00  Arrival, snacks, and registration

3:00 – 4:00  Loan Maturity, Labor Supply and Repayment Behavior: Evidence from Financially Distressed SMEs by Christopher Eaglin and Apoorv Gupta

         Discussant:  Jesse Davis, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

4:15 – 4:30  Break

4:30 – 5:30  Entry and Acquisitions in Software Markets by Luise Eisfeld

         Discussant:  Song Ma, Yale University

5:30 – 6:30  Reception

Dinners in small groups



8:00 – 8:30  Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30  Creditor Coalitions in Bankruptcy by Jing-Zhi Huang, Stefan Lewellen, and Zhe Wang

         Discussant:  Samuel Antill, Harvard University

9:30 – 9:45  Break

9:45 – 10:45  Adverse Selection and Endogenous Information by João Thereze

         Discussant:  Anthony DeFusco, University of Wisconsin–Madison

10:45 – 11:00  Break

11:00 – 12:30  Panel discussion

  • Itay Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania
  • Gregor Matvos, Northwestern University
  • Adriano Rampini, Duke University
  • Toni Whited, University of Michigan

       Moderator: Vincent Glode, University of Pennsylvania


12:30 – 1:30  Lunch

1:30 – 2:30  Demand-System Asset Pricing: Theoretical Foundations by William Fuchs, Satoshi Fukuda, and Daniel Neuhann

         Discussant:  Stavros Panageas, University of California, Los Angeles

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45  The Rise of Specialized Financial Products by Ana Babus, Matias Marzani, and Sara Moreira

         Discussant:  Boris Vallée, Harvard University

3:45 – 4:30  Reception


Time allocation: (25 min. presentation, 15-20 min. discussion, 15 min. questions from the audience)



  • Andrey Malenko, Boston College
  • Nadya Malenko, Boston College
  • Toni Whited, University of Michigan 


Program committee:

  • Rui Albuquerque, Boston College
  • Michele Andreolli, Boston College
  • Simcha Barkai, Boston College
  • Vincent Bogousslavsky, Boston College
  • Ran Duchin, Boston College
  • Slava Fos, Boston College
  • Matteo Leombroni, Boston College
  • Jonathan Reuter, Boston College
  • Milena Wittwer, Boston College