What's Hot in Finance? (2008-2012)
65 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2012 Last revised: 11 May 2014
Date Written: August 29, 2013
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.
Keywords: asset pricing, corporate finance, investments
JEL Classification: G10
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