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What's Hot in Finance? (2008-2012)


Utpal Bhattacharya


Indiana University - Department of Finance

Michael Flores


Indiana University - Department of Finance

Betsy Laydon


Indiana University - Department of Finance

Fangzhou Liu


Indiana University - Department of Finance

Jun Wu


Indiana University - Department of Finance

August 29, 2013


Abstract:     
As in years past, to catalyze the students in my Ph.D. F798 class to think of finance ideas, I asked each one of them to read the abstracts of finance articles published in the last 5 years in JF, JFE, RFS and JFQA. Some general observations from the hard data above and the soft data generated from classroom discussions: 1) Classification into sub-topics is even more difficult than last year. There are more papers published which are not only intra-discipline but also inter-disciplinary. Law and finance is the hottest inter-disciplinary topic. Papers on the crisis are trending down. 2) The ratio between empirical to theory remains steady at 4:1. Theory is trending up in corporate finance, but trending down in asset pricing. 3) In corporate finance, the dominance of the old chestnuts – capital structure and corporate governance – is trending up. 4) In asset pricing, the analysis of pricing of specific assets is trending up. 5) In investments, the number of hedge fund papers is increasing. 6) The death of market microstructure has been exaggerated. Liquidity remains popular. 7) There is a small but steady fraction of banking papers published. 8) Finance journals dominate. Amongst finance journals, JF has regained its position as No 1. 9) Top non-finance journals publish many finance papers. With the notable exception of QJE, these journals have similar impact factors as the top 3 finance journals.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 65

Keywords: asset pricing, corporate finance, investments

JEL Classification: G10

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Date posted: September 5, 2012 ; Last revised: September 4, 2013

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Bhattacharya , Utpal and Flores, Michael and Laydon, Betsy and Liu, Fangzhou and Wu, Jun, What's Hot in Finance? (2008-2012) (August 29, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2142203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2142203

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Utpal Bhattacharya (Contact Author)
Indiana University - Department of Finance ( email )
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
812-855-3413 (Phone)
812-855-5875 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.kelley.iu.edu/ubhattac/
Michael Flores
Indiana University - Department of Finance
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
Betsy Laydon
Indiana University - Department of Finance
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
Fangzhou Liu
Indiana University - Department of Finance
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
Jun Wu
Indiana University - Department of Finance
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
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