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Proposal and Defense Archive

Proposals and Defenses

The following is a list of dissertation proposal and defense presentations. Dissertation presentations are open to faculty and students. View an archive of proposals and defenses from previous years.

Proposal: "Conditional Market Exposures of the Value Premium"
By: Xiao Qiao
Date/Time: Monday, July 6, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Co-Chair), Lubos Pastor (Co-Chair), Bryan Kelly, Pietro Veronesi

Defense: “Malpractice and the Diffusion of Medical Technology”
By: Samuel Kingsley
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Neale Mahoney (Chair), Owen Zidar, David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago), Matthew Notowidigdo (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

Defense: “The Economic Consequences of Borrower Information Sharing: Relationship Dynamics and Investment”
By: Andrew Sutherland
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Christian Leuz (Chair), Philip Berger, Michael Minnis, Amit Seru (in absentia)

Defense: “Sharing Private Information with Customers: Strategic Default and Lender Learning”
By: Gerardo Perez Cavazos
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 4SE
Committee: Douglas Skinner (Chair), Philip Berger, Christian Leuz, Haresh Sapra

Defense: “The Topography of Generosity: Asymmetric Evaluations of Prosocial Behavior Across People, Cultures, and Age Groups”
By: Nadav Klein
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (Chair), Ayelet Fishbach, Reid Hastie, Ann McGill

Defense: “Analyst Performance, Institutional Ownership, and Post-Analyst Revision Drift”
By: Chattrin Laksanabunsong
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 4SE
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Chair), George Constantinides, Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Kelly Shue

Defense: “Clustering Multiple Time Series with Structural Breaks”
By: Yongning Wang
Date/Time: Friday, May 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ruey Tsay (Chair), Drew Creal, Juhani Linnainmaa, Dacheng Xiu

Defense: “Dehumanizing Others’ Needs: People Undervalue Others’ High Level Needs Compared to Their Own”
By: Juliana Schroeder
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (Chair), Ayelet Fishbach, Jane Risen, Boaz Keysar (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Defense: “Hospital Bed Capacity Management”
By: Thomas Best
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Donald Eisenstein (Co-chair), Burhaneddin Sandıkçı (Co-chair), Baris Ata, Varun Gupta, David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Defense: “Connected Consumption”
By: Yanping Tu
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (Chair), Christopher Hsee, Abigail Sussman, Dilip Soman (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; in absentia)

Defense: “Information Display and Household Investment Behavior”
By: Maya Shaton
Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Kelly Shue (Co-chair), Pietro Veronesi (Co-chair), Richard Thaler, Robert Vishny

Defense: “The Impact of Women's Health Clinic Closures on Preventive Care”
By: Yao Lu
Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 9 a.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Emily Oster (Chair; Department of Economics, Brown University), Marianne Bertrand, Neale Mahoney, Matthew Notowidigdo (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

Defense: “Politics and Real Firm Activity: Evidence from Distortions in Bank Lending in India
By: Nitish Kumar
Date/Time: Friday, May 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Raghuram Rajan (Co-chair; in absentia), Amit Seru (Co-chair), Gregor Matvos, Amir Sufi

Defense: “The Distinctive Consequences of Collective vs. Membership Social Identity Threats: Membership Has Its Burdens”
By: Soraya Lambotte
Date/Time: Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Ann McGill (Chair), Daniel Bartels, Ayelet Fishbach, Oleg Urminsky

Defense: “Kicking Maturity Down the Road: Early Refinancing and Debt Maturity Management in the Corporate Bond Market”
By: Qiping Xu
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 1:20 p.m. in room Harper Center C03
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Co-chair), Anil Kashyap (Co-chair), Zhiguo He, Gregor Matvos, Amir Sufi

Defense: “Information Asymmetry and Insider Trading”
By: Wei Wu
Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Eugene Fama (Co-chair), Tobias Moskowitz (Co-chair), Bryan Kelly, Amit Seru (in absentia)

Defense: “Consumer-Driven Operations Management”
By: Xiao Wu
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: John Birge (Chair), Donald Eisenstein, Rodney Parker, Chris Ryan, Song Alex Yang (London Business School; in absentia)

Defense: "The Existence of Consumer Negative State Dependence and the Effect on Product Assortments"
By: Dan Nguyen
Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:40 a.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Jean-Pierre Dubé (Chair), Pradeep Chintagunta (in absentia), Günter Hitsch, Anita Rao

Defense: Intertemporal Pricing of New Products: Incentivizing Consumer Learning and Inertia”
By: Dan Zou
Date/Time: Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Günter Hitsch (Chair), Pradeep Chintagunta (in absentia), Jean-Pierre Dubé, Chris Nosko

Defense: “Private Information in the Chinese Stock Market: Evidence from Mutual Funds and Corporate Insiders”
By: Yeguang Chi
Date/Time: Monday, April 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Lubos Pastor (Chair), Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Bryan Kelly, Juhani Linnainmaa

Defense: “Dividend Risk and the Cross-Section of Dividend Risk Premia”
By: Antonio Picca
Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Eugene Fama (Co-chair), John Heaton (Co-chair), Stefano Giglio, Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Bryan Kelly (in absentia)

Proposal: “Macroeconomic Implications of Small Firm Capital Structure and Investment Dynamics”
By: Aaron Pancost
Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Lars Hansen (Chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Steven Davis, Zhiguo He, Amit Seru

Defense: “Food Purchases During the Great Recession”
By: William Cha
Date/Time: Monday, February 16, 2015, at Noon in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Sanjay Dhar, Chris Nosko (in absentia), Anita Rao

Proposal: “Medical Malpractice and the Adoption of Medical Technology”
By: Samuel Kingsley
Date/Time: Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Noon in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Neale Mahoney (Chair), Owen Zidar, David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago), Matt Notowidigdo (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

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