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SWFA 63rd Annual Meeting 

Las Vegas, NV

February 28 - March 1, 2024

Planet Hollywood  

3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109







The Southwestern Finance Association invites you to its 63rd Annual Meeting. Academicians, practitioners, and others with an interest in finance are all invited to attend and participate in the meeting.


If you wish to chair a session or discuss a paper, you may go to and either Sign In or Sign Up under Session Chairs and Discussants.


Speakers: Our Keynote Address will be given by Ivo Welch, Distinguished Professor of Finance, J. Fred Weston Chair in Finance, University of California, Los Angeles. Additionally, our 2024 Distinguished Scholar, Matthew Serfling, Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence in Finance, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, will speak at our lunch business meeting.

2024 Las Vegas Keynote Speaker

Ivo Welch, Ph.D.

Ivo Welch is Distinguished Professor of Finance and holds the J. Fred Weston Chair in Finance at UCLA Anderson. A member of the Anderson faculty from 1989 to 2000, he spent five years at Yale’s School of Management and six years in Brown University’s economics department before rejoining Anderson in 2011. Widely regarded as one of the more influential economists of his generation, Professor Welch has authored numerous publications with far-reaching citation impacts. Most recently, he won a prestigious Humboldt Research Award. His papers have won best paper awards in the major finance journals, and he twice received the Michael Brennan Award. He has recently served as the director of the UCLA Anderson Fink Center and the American Finance Association and is a National Bureau of Research (NBER) research associate. He has written a free textbook on corporate finance and is the editor of the Critical Finance Review. Known for his work on informational cascades, he has also published in a variety of other areas, such as initial public offerings, capital structure, dividends, market-timing, performance evaluation, earnings management, overconfidence, socially responsible investing and bankruptcy.

2024 Las Vegas Distinguished Scholar

Matthew Serfling, Ph.D.

Matthew Serfling is an associate professor of finance at the University of Tennessee and an associate editor at Financial Management. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degree in finance with a minor in mathematics from North Dakota State University. His research primarily focuses on understanding how corporate decisions interact with labor markets and other non-financial stakeholders, but he is also interested in topics related to corporate governance and understanding how managers shape the information environment of their firms. His research has been published in leading finance and accounting journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, the Journal of Accounting and Economics and the Journal of Accounting Research.

Special Sessions:

Current planned special sessions include the following:

Panel Sessions

  • Meet the Editors (Critical Finance Review and Journal of Financial Research)

  • Machine Learning in Education

  • Doctoral Student Professional Development

Workshop Sessions

  • Doctoral Job Market Papers

  • Presentation and Discussion Skills

  • Using Publicly Available Data for Research 


  • Female Scholars Breakfast

  • Assistant Professors Breakfast

  • Doctoral Student Lunch

  • Welcome and Association Receptions

Conference Registration: All presenters, discussants, session chairs, and panel members must have a current SWFA membership.


Special Issue of Finance Research Letters: Submitters have the option of having their paper additionally considered for a special issue of Finance Research Letters titled “Redefining the Future”, with a focus on research questions which provide insight into near and far term problems in finance. Papers selected for the special issue must be presented at the conference as part of their peer review process. Issue Guest Editors: Laura Gonzalez, California State University, Long Beach and Ivelina Pavlova-Stout, University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Las Vegas Highlights: Las Vegas, Nevada, is a vibrant city renowned for its 24-hour casinos, extravagant hotels, and endless entertainment options. Often referred to as the "Entertainment Capital of the World," the city's main thoroughfare, the Las Vegas Strip, is lined with themed resorts, spectacular shows, and diverse dining experiences. Las Vegas also hosts various conventions and is a starting point for visits to the nearby Grand Canyon. Though it's famed for its nightlife, the city has developed into a diverse destination with family attractions and cultural offerings.

Optional E-Proceedings.  Presenters will be able to submit two-page proceedings.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Lynch, 2024 Vice-President Program Chair


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