Selected Publications

Recent Publications

Recent & Upcoming Talks

  • Fri, May 24, 2019, invited talk UTS

  • Mon, Mar 4, 2019, invited talk UTS

  • Fri, Mar 1, 2019, invited talk UNSW

  • Fri, Aug 4, 2017, invited talk ANU

Recent Posts

In our weekly seminar, Robert Faff presented a paper with an OLS model with the quadratic and cubic term effects. The dependent variable in this model is the change in cash holdings (\(\Delta CH\)) by a company and the independent variable is the deviation of current cash holding from the optimal level (\(\Delta OPT\)). The paper argues that there are three different regimes of adjustment speed of cash holdings. Very high cash holdings will lead to the largest adjustment back to the optimal level, very low cash holdings will lead to a large but smaller adjustment towards the optimal level, the medium level of cash holdings leads to the smallest (or no) adjustment.

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Keeping in theme with the swearing, another paper I would like to present is “Fuck Nuance” by Kieran Healy, a sociology professor. He describes the trap of trying to explain complex social science problems with ever more complex theories. It’s akin to the tendency of asking the seminar question: “Have you thought about all these other factors that also might play a role?” 1. I see it a lot and when my undergraduates, honours and Phd students try to improve on a theory.

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Following Sanjay Srivastava’s (fake) syllabus on pychological research, I thought I summarise a couple of recent econometrics related papers with a similar message. Clustered standard errors The first paper by Abadie, Athey, Imbens, and Wooldridge explains why we should think more carefully about the level at which clustering of standard errors is applied (and if it is necessary at all). A good summary is found at the Metrics Monday blog.

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Projects

  • Accounting Negotiations

    A series of experiments in which we investigate the role of accounting information and accounting setting on negotiation outcomes. We see negotiations as an interesting model for a lot of interpersonal interactions.

  • Complementarities

    In recent years, management accounting researchers have become aware that management choices do not happen in a vacuum. Managers change incentives, decision making power, and information systems taking into account the systems that a firm is already using. The implications for quantitative analysis are only starting to be understood. This project uses simulations studies to investigate the robustness of current methods and proposes new methods consistent with new theories.

  • Risk Taking

    A series of experiments in which we investigate the link between anxiety and risk taking. One of my interests is how incentives inluence risk taking through increasing feelings of anxiety

Teaching

I am the coordinator for the following units at the University of Western Australia. My teaching material is gathered here. Click on the links to access my lecture notes.

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