J. Anthony Cookson  
Assistant Professor of Finance 
Leeds School of Business
University of Colorado at Boulder
(tony [dot] lastname [at] colorado.edu)


When saving is gambling
Forthcoming at Journal of Financial Economics. SSRN

Anticipated entry and entry deterrence: Evidence from the American casino industry
Forthcoming at Management Science. Articles in Advance. SSRN

Law and finance matter: Lessons from externally-imposed courts (with James R. Brown and Rawley Z. Heimer). 
Review of Financial Studies Vol 30, No. 3 (March 2017), pp. 1019-1051. RFS. SSRN.

Courting economic development (with James R. Brown and Rawley Z. Heimer). 
World Bank Economic Review. Vol 30, No Supp 1 (March 2017). WBER.

Leverage and strategic preemption: Lessons from entry plans and incumbent investments
Journal of Financial Economics Vol 123, No 2 (February 2017), pp. 292-312. JFE. SSRN.

Determinants of bank mergers: A revealed preference analysis (with Oktay Akkus and Ali Hortacsu).  
Management Science. Vol. 62, No. 8 (August 2016), pp. 2241-2258. MS. SSRN.

Institutions and casinos: An empirical analysis of the location of Indian casinos
Journal of Law and Economics. Vol 53, No. 4 (November 2010), pp. 651-687. Jstor.

Working Papers

Why don't we agree? Evidence from an investor social network (with Marina Niessner).
Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Finance. SSRN.

Growing up without finance (with James R. Brown and Rawley Z. Heimer)
Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Financial Economics. SSRN.

Assortative matching and reputation in the market for first issues (with Oktay Akkus and Ali Hortacsu)
Revise and Resubmit at Management Science. SSRN.

Does contract enforcement mitigate hold up? 
Revise and Resubmit at Review of Corporate Finance Studies. Old version here.  New version soon.

A text-based analysis of corporate innovation (with Gustaf Bellstam and Sanjai Bhagat). SSRN.

Some people say: Immature information in corporate disclosures (with S. Katie Moon and Joonki Noh). Draft coming soon.

Works in Progress

Wealth shocks and household finances: Evidence from oil royalties (with Erik P. Gilje and Rawley Z. Heimer).
Funded by NBER-HF Small Grants Program.

Anatomy of financial frictions: A fresh look at private firms (with James R. Brown, Rawley Z. Heimer, and Ivan Ivanov).
Presented at 2015 FRA Early Ideas Session.


At Leeds School of Business (2013 - present)

Foundations of Financial Analysis (FNCE 2010 -- a calculus and statistics course). Spring 2018 Term (2 Sections).
Empirical Methods in Finance (FNCE 7200 -- a doctoral research seminar). Spring 2016, Spring 2018.
Quantitative Methods (MSBC 5030 -- a master's statistics and programming course). Summers 2015, 2016, 2017 and Fall 2018.
Investments (FNCE 3030 -- an undergraduate finance course). Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
Managerial Economics (MSBC 5015 -- a master's of finance core course). Summer 2015.

I taught extensively at UChicago while pursuing my Ph.D.  I self-published a textbook from notes I developed while teaching at Montana State University.  I did the same with some econometrics notes I developed while teaching Honors Econometrics at Chicago.  In addition, you might find my YouTube channel interesting or useful.

Current and Upcoming Academic Activities

  • Teaching Fundamentals of Financial Analysis and PhD Empirical Methods
  • NC State (April 6), and the Chicago Fed (June 13).
  • A discussion, presentation, and chairing a session at the MFA Conference (March 1).
  • A co-author is presenting our paper at the International Industrial Organization Conference (April 20-22).
  • A discussion at the University of Kentucky Finance Conference (April 26-28).
For more information about my past presentations, service, advising, refereeing, etc., check out my CV.

Miscellaneous and Personal

Father of a local celebrity, Husband to my high school sweetheart.

Economist: Tie between Ronald Coase and Gary Becker.
Movie: Forrest Gump.
Country (outside of US): Switzerland
City: London
US State: Montana
YouTube Channel: Relaxing Piano Music

Other passions: