J. Anthony Cookson

Assistant Professor of Finance
University of Colorado
Leeds School of Business

Contact
tony.cookson@colorado.edu

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I am an Assistant Professor of Finance in the University of Colorado at Boulder's Leeds School of Business.   My fields of specialization are Corporate Finance, Industrial Organization, Household Finance, Law and Finance, and Textual Analysis. My corporate finance research investigates the determinants of entry, competition, investment, merger activity, and the real effects of finance.  I am also interested in household finance, especially as it relates to gambling decisions and risky behavior.  For more on my research (including published research and working papers), see my research section or my CV.

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Updates (since Summer 2016)

For more detail, see the research section or my SSRN author page

Upcoming Presentations. (* indicates co-author presentation)

A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation (new title: Innovation in Mature Firms: A Text-Based Analysis)European Finance Association* (August 23-26, 2017).

Why Don't We Agree? Red Rock Finance Conference (Sept 14-16).*

Fall seminars: Drexel, BYU, Utah

Summer 2017

  • We welcomed baby girl Clara Cookson to our family and the world on July 14th.  Clara had an auspicious start to life, owning the distinction of being the 50,000th baby born at Avista Aventist Hospital in Louisville, Colorado.
  • I taught two sections of Quantitative Methods in the MS Programs in Business Analytics, Supply Chain, Finance, and Real Estate at University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business.
  • I presented my paper  Growing Up Without Finance at the 2017 SFS Cavalcade in Nashville on May 17th.
  • A co-author presented our paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at the Western Finance Association Meetings in Whistler, BC (June 27th).

Spring 2017

  • I presented my paper Why Don't We Agree? at the American Finance Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, Jan 5-8).
  • I discussed a paper Entry and Exit in the Market for IPO Services by Ari Kang and Richard Lowery at the AEA Annual Meeting (Chicago, Jan 5-8).
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? at the Jackson Hole Finance Conference (Jackson Hole WY, Jan 16-18).
  • I presented my paper Why Don't We Agree? at the European Winter Finance Conference (Megeve, France; January 15-18).
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? at AQR Capital Management.
  • A co-author presented our paper Growing Up Without Finance in the seminar series at Georgetown and in the seminar series at Boston College.
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? in the seminar series at Harvard's Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets Group (February 22).
  • A co-author presented our paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at the Midwest Finance Association Conference in Chicago (March 2), where it won the Outstanding Paper Award in Corporate Finance (the Paul Van Arsdell Award).
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? at the 2017 Finance Down Under Conference in Melbourne, Australia (March 3).
  • My paper When Saving is Gambling was accepted for publication at the Journal of Financial Economics.
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at the NBER Corporate Finance Workshop in Chicago (March 24).
  • I presented my paper (joint with Marina Niessner) Why Don't We Agree? at the Front Range Finance Seminar, where the paper was awarded Best Paper (April 21).
  • I discussed a paper There are Two Very Different Accrual Anomalies at the Front Range Finance Seminar (April 21).
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at the PNC University of Kentucky Finance Conference in Lexington, KY (April 27-29).
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? in the seminar series at Harvard's Finance Group (April 28).

Fall 2016:

  • My paper Growing Up Without Finance was presented by a co-author at the Northern Finance Association Conference (Sept 16-18).
  • My paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation was presented by a co-author at the Northern Finance Association Conference (Sept 16-18).
  • My paper Growing Up Without Finance was presented by a co-author at Maastricht University (Sept 21), and Tilburg University (Sept 23).
  • My paper Why Don't We Agree? was presented by a co-author at Michigan State University (Sept 17), University of Toronto-Rotman (Sept 27, brownbag), and at MIT Accounting (October 6th).
  • I presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the Wharton School of Business on Sept 22, and at University of Oklahoma on October 7th.
  • I presented my paper Why Don't We Agree? in the University of Washington Finance Seminar on October 5th.
  • I presented my paper Why Don't We Agree? at the FMA Annual Meeting (October 22nd) in Las Vegas.
  • I discussed a paper Do Investors Play with the House Money or Do They Just Try To Break Even? at the FMA Annual Meetings in Las Vegas.
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at University of New South Wales (Oct 27) and University of Sydney (Oct 28).
  • My paper Growing Up Without Finance was presented by a co-author at Rochester (Oct 27) 
  • My paper Growing Up Without Finance was presented at the FDIC Consumer Research Symposium in Washington DC by a co-author (Oct 28).
  • I presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance in the seminar series at Australian National University (Nov 4th) in Canberra, Australia.
  • I presented my paper Why Don't We Agree? in a seminar at Boston College on November 9th. 
  • A co-author presented our paper Growing Up Without Finance in the seminar series at Texas A&M on November 9th.
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at Boston University (Nov 10th) and Babson College (Nov 11th).
  • I presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the UC-Davis GSM Household/Behavioral Finance Conference on November 17th.
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation at Exeter University (Nov 29).
  • I presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the Inaugural Caltech Junior Faculty Conference on Behavioral Finance in Pasadena, CA, on Dec 2.
  • I presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance  in a seminar at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC on Dec 7.
  • presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the Miami Behavioral Finance Conference in Miami, FL on Dec 8.
  • A co-author presented our paper Growing Up Without Finance at the Tel Aviv University Conference on Dec 13.

Summer 2016:

  • I taught two sections of master's level quantitative methods in the first half of summer. 
  • My paper Growing Up Without Finance was presented by a co-author at the Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making (May 21-23)
  • I discussed a paper, "Do Underwriters Compete on IPO pricing?" at the 3rd Edinburgh Corporate Finance Conference (May 22-24).  Slides here.
  • My paper Growing Up Without Finance was presented by a co-author at the 5th ITAM Finance Conference (June 3-4).
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation  at the 5th ITAM Finance Conference (June 3-4).
  • A co-author presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the Edinburgh Conference on Legal Institutions and Finance on June 13th.
  • A co-author presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics in Paris, France on June 15th.
  • I discussed a paper, "Labor Market Consequences of Credit Market Information," at the 2016 Western Finance Association meetings in Park City, Utah on June 21.
  • A co-author presented my paper Growing Up Without Finance at the IBEFA Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon (June 29-July 3).
  • My paper Anticipated Entry and Entry Deterrence was accepted for publication at Management Science.
  • My co-author and I presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? at the NBER Summer Institute Asset Pricing meetings (July 14th).
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't We Agree? at the IDC Summer Conference (July 17th).
  • I presented my paper A Text-Based Analysis of Corporate Innovation in the evening session at at the European Summer Symposium in Financial Markets (July 28, 2016).
  • I discussed a paper Social Networks and Housing Markets at the European Summer Symposium in Financial Markets (July 29, 2016).
  • A co-author presented our paper Growing Up Without Finance at the University of Washington Summer Conference (July 31-Aug 2) in Seattle, Washington.
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't we Agree? at the Stanford SITE Workshop (Palo Alto, August 15-17), 
  • I presented our paper Why Don't we Agree? at the Helsinki Finance Summit (Helsinki, August 15-16).
  • I discussed a paper On the Design of an Optimal Default Fund at the Helsinki Finance Summit (Helsinki, Finland, August 15-16).
  • A co-author presented our paper Why Don't we Agree? Carnegie Mellon Finance Symposium (Pittsburgh, PA; August 18).
  • I  presented our paper Growing Up Without Finance at the European Finance Association Conference (Aug 17-20) in Oslo, Norway.
  • I discussed a paper Adverse Selection on Maturity at the European Finance Association Conference (Aug 17-20) in Oslo, Norway.
  • I discussed a paper Cost of Experimentation and the Evolution of Venture Capital at the Finance, Organizations and Markets meetings in Hanover, NH (Aug 26-27).