COVID-19

Working Paper

27 July 2020

Do Institutional Investors Stabilize Equity Markets in Crisis Periods? Evidence from COVID-19

During the COVID-19 market crash, U.S. stocks with higher and more active institutional ownership performed worse. The effect was stronger when institutional investors experienced larger client outflows and held more financially...

Simon Glossner | Pedro Matos | Stefano Ramelli | Alexander Wagner
18 May 2020

Emergency Measures for Equity Trading: The Case Against Short-Selling Bans and Stock Exchange Shutdowns

After the Covid-19 crisis struck, equity prices abruptly plunged across the world. The clear prospect of an almost unprecedented decrease in supply and demand, coupled with extreme uncertainty about the longer-term prospects for the...

Luca Enriques | Marco Pagano
08 July 2020

Pandemic-Resistant Corporate Law: How to Help Companies Cope with Existential Threats and Extreme Uncertainty During the Covid-19 Crisis

This essay argues that, to address the Covid-19 crisis, in addition to creating a special temporary insolvency regime, relaxing provisions for companies in the vicinity of insolvency, and enabling companies to hold virtual meetings,...

Luca Enriques
22 July 2020

Banning Cassandra from the Market? An Empirical Analysis of Short-Selling Bans during the Covid 19 Crisis

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic crisis, stock markets around the world have witnessed an abrupt decline in security prices and an unprecedented increase in security volatility. In response to a week of financial turmoil on the main...

Gianfranco Siciliano | Marco Ventoruzzo
23 April 2020

Resiliency of Environmental and Social Stocks: An Analysis of the Exogenous COVID-19 Market Crash

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown brought about an exogenous and unparalleled stock market crash. The crisis thus provides a unique opportunity to test theories of environmental and social (ES) policies. This...

Rui Albuquerque | Yrjö Koskinen | Shuai Yang | Chendi Zhang
20 August 2020

Bail-outs and Bail-ins are better than Bankruptcy: A Comparative Assessment of Public Policy Responses to COVID-19 Distress

COVID-19 has severely disrupted the conduct of business around the globe. In jurisdictions that impose one or more ‘lockdowns’, multiple sectors of the real economy must endure prolonged periods of reduced trading or even total...

Kristin van Zwieten | Horst Eidenmüller | Oren Sussman
25 January 2021

The Role of Corporate Culture in Bad Times: Evidence from the COVID-19 Pandemic

After fitting a topic model to 40,927 COVID-19-related paragraphs in 3,581 earnings calls over the period January 22 to April 30, 2020, we obtain firm-level measures of exposure and response related to COVID-19 for 2,894 U.S. firms. We...

Kai Li | Xing Liu | Feng Mai | Tengfei Zhang
02 December 2020

Risk Mitigating versus Risk Shifting: Evidence from Banks Security Trading in Crises

We show that risk mitigating incentives dominate risk shifting incentives in fragile banks. Risk shifting could be particularly severe in banking since it is the most opaque industry and banks are one of the most leveraged corporations...

José-Luis Peydró | Andrea Polo | Enrico Sette

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