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Student Dissertation Area Research Interest
Mengyao Cheng Accounting

Mengyao's research interests include financial reporting, disclosure, and effects of regulation and governmental policies. Her dissertation examines the effects of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, which brought about confidential filings of draft registration statements and reduced mandatory disclosure requirements, on IPO activity. The results speak to the effects of relaxed regulation and show the importance of timing in disclosure decisions.

Deidre Popovich Marketing

Deidre's research explores the various ways that the external decision-making environment, or context, can influence self-control behaviors. Self-control has been examined primarily as a personality trait or as a limited resource that impacts all decisions relatively equally. Common life events suggest that the context of consumer decision making can play a large role in how and when self-control can be exercised more or less effectively. The idea that the decision-making context can impact self-control tends to be more relevant for managers and also suggests practical tools that consumers can use in various contexts.

Deidre's dissertation examines three distinct contexts that involve consumers using wish lists when shopping, evaluating calorie information when dining out, and pursuing goals in a social context. Each of these studies demonstrates certain situational factors surrounding the decision that can have an ironic effect on judgments with important implications for self-control. In a separate stream of methodological research, Deidre studies how and when to apply certain types of data analysis methods to both secondary and experimental data.

Mark Rachwalski Finance Mark's research is focused on risk and return in the financial markets. His dissertation includes a chapter on stock index return predictability, where he develops a predictive variable of stock returns that is useful in real-time (the predictive variable compares aggregate stock wealth and aggregate consumption). Mark's dissertation also includes a chapter that uses consumption growth to identify corporate bond risk as an important risk, and then shows that corporate bond beta is priced in the cross-section of stocks. Mark has also written about investor under-reaction to risk innovations in the context of estimating the price of idiosyncratic risk and distress risk, and understanding the source of momentum returns.
Jingran Zhao Accounting

Jingran's research interests include financial disclosure, capital markets, international accounting, and behavioral finance. Using theories from both economic and psychology literature, I examine how investors use information from various sources to make investment decisions. These information sources include mandatory disclosure, voluntary disclosure, information intermediaries (e.g., analysts and news media), and social media (e.g., Twitter and YouTube). Additionally, I am interested in the effects of information environment in the global capital market, especially the Chinese capital market.

Dexin Zhou Finance

Dexin's primary research interest is empirical asset pricing with an emphasis on behavioral finance. The focus of Dexin's dissertation concerns how textual information in management disclosures and the media affects financial market participants.