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Alexander Butler

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Cash Crop
10 months ago

Cash Crop

By  •  Finance

Does access to more money cause economic growth? And if it does, exactly how does finance sow productivity? A swath of Midwestern cornfields, it turns out, holds the answer.

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Alumni Club
10 months ago

Alumni Club

By  •  Financial Markets

If you’re a mutual fund manager, school connections with a CEO can have an excellent effect on your investments. School ties, research shows, are good for connected investors and even better for CEO salaries. But are they good for everyone else?

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Quantity, Quantity, Quantity
1 year ago

Quantity, Quantity, Quantity

By  •  Finance

Most companies tend to underperform after they raise capital. But recent research shows that net financing matters more than the composition of financing.

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Follow The Money
2 years ago

Follow The Money

By  •  Advertising

When local firms spend big on advertising, they influence media coverage. For firms with headquarters near local papers, this increased coverage boosts stock market valuations. Local media give local investors disproportionately positive but not necessarily accurate information about the value of locally headquartered firms.

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Getting To Know You
2 years ago

Getting To Know You

By  •  Startups

Startups can profit from partnering with newer venture capital firms, which have an advantage when analyzing startup companies.

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The Costly Business Of Corruption
2 years ago

The Costly Business Of Corruption

By  •  Municipal Bonds

State corruption and political connections impede financial and economic development by increasing investment risk and bond interest payments and reducing access to high quality financial institutions. Specialized financial institutions allow issuers to purchase credit enhancements to remove corruption-induced risk from bond yields. Credit enhancements play an important role in alleviating the economic damage that corruption can cause.

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