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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.



Panel Sessions

  • Meet the Editors

  • Machine Learning in Research and Education

  • Doctoral Student Professional Development


Workshop Sessions

  • Doctoral Job Market Papers

  • Presentation and Discussion Skills

  • Publicly Available Datasets 



  • Female Scholars Breakfast

  • Assistant Professors Breakfast

  • Doctoral Student Lunch

  • Welcome and Association Receptions

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