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2015 SFS Finance Cavalcade

Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
May 17-20, 2015

Hosted by the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech

2015 SFS Finance Cavalcade Program
2015 SFS Finance Cavalcade Program Committee
2015 SFS Finance Cavalcade Photos

Conference Chairs

Chair: Wei Jiang (Columbia University)
Vice Chair: Hanno Lustig (University of California, Los Angeles)
Associate Chair: Heitor Almeida (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
SFS Advisory Chairs: Matthew Spiegel (Yale University), Laura Starks (University of Texas at Austin)

Host’s Faculty Sponsor: Sudheer Chava
Event Organization by Jaclyn Einstein (SFS), Patricia Smith (Georgia Tech)

Keynote Speaker

Wei Jiang (Columbia University): Have Instrumental Variables Brought Us Closer to Truth?


The 2015 Cavalcade received 866 submissions, which was a 32% increase over the number of submissions last year. The acceptance rate was 10.4%. Decision emails were sent February 17. If you selected Dual Submission, you will receive a separate email from RAPS or RCFS. Submissions were accepted through December 8. The submission fee was $50. For papers in which ALL co-authors were doctoral students, the submission fee was waived. Submitted papers must not have been accepted (or conditionally accepted) at a journal or have been presented (or be scheduled to be presented) at the WFA/AFA.


$125 for SFS members and $165 for nonmembers; early registration (by March 31) $100 for SFS members and $140 for nonmembers. Paying the nonmember fee gave the registrant a 1-year membership to the SFS. The registration fee was waived for doctoral students and GeorgiaTech faculty.

Best Paper Awards

The 2015 Cavalcade Conference Chairs were pleased to announce the finalists for the Cavalcade Best Paper Awards. The winners were announced at the Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 19. The finalists and winners are noted below.
Cavalcade Best Paper in Corporate Finance, in honor of Jerome A. Chazen, sponsored by the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School
Prize: $1000

  • Dynamic Adverse Selection: Time Varying Market Conditions and Endogenous Entry by Pavel Zryumov
  • Government Credit, a Double-Edged Sword: Evidence from the China Development Bank by Hong Ru
  • Government Guarantees and Financial Stability by Franklin Allen, Elena Carletti, Itay Goldstein, and Agnese Leonello
  • Winner: The Deposits Channel of Monetary Policy by Itamar Drechsler, Alexi Savov, and Philipp Schnabl

Cavalcade Best Paper in Asset Pricing, sponsored by the Society for Financial Studies
Prize: $1000

  • Winner: Asset Management Contracts and Equilibrium Prices by Andrea M. Buffa, Dimitri Vayanos, and Paul Woolley
  • Can Leverage Constraints Make Overconfident Investors Better Off? by Rawley Heimer
  • How Many Good and Bad Funds are There, Really? by Wayne Ferson, and Yong Chen
  • The Price of Variance Risk by Ian Dew-Becker, Stefano Giglio, Anh Le, and Marius Rodriguez

The Arthur Warga Award for Best Paper in Fixed Income, sponsored by The Arthur Warga Award endowment
Prize: $1300 (equal to 4% of the endowment)

  • Bond Market Exposures to Macroeconomic and Monetary Policy Risks by Dongho Song
  • Winner: Call Me Maybe? The Effects of Exercising Contingent Capital by Boris Vallee
  • Debt Correlations in the Wake of the Financial Crisis: What are Appropriate Default Correlations for Structured Products? by John Griffin and Jordan Nickerson
  • Regulatory Arbitrage in Repo Markets by Benjamin Munyan

Conference Dual Submission Option

You may elect dual submission to either the Review of Corporate Finance Studies or the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. To select dual submission, select Dual RAPS or Dual RCFS under “Category of Submission” in Step 2. If the journal you select decides not to send your paper out for review, the editor may refer your paper to the other journal, if appropriate, or to the Review of Financial Studies, for possible review. Thus, by selecting the dual submission option, you have implicitly agreed to be reviewed by any of the three SFS journals. Please see our Dual Submission Policy.