I am an Assistant Professor of Finance at Florida International University. My research broadly focuses on FinTech, investments and corporate finance, with a particular interest in analyzing unstructured textual data and big data on mutual funds, hedge funds and corporate disclosures.
My research has been accepted for publication in Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Accounting Research, and has been presented at prestigious conferences, such as the AFA, NBER Economics of AI Conference, NBER Big Data and Securities Markets Conference, CICF, FIRS, and RCFS Winter Conference. It also has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, The Guardian, NBER Digest, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, and Oxford Business Law Blog.
Download Alan’s Curriculum Vitae.
Ph.D. in Finance
Georgia State University
M.S. in Finance
Johns Hopkins University
B.A. in Economics
How to Talk When a Machine is Listening? Corporate Disclosure in the Age of AI, with Sean Cao, Wei Jiang and Baozhong Yang, Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming.
Copycat Skills and Disclosure Costs: Evidence from Peer Companies’ Digital Footprints, with Sean Cao, Kai Du and Baozhong Yang, 2021, Journal of Accounting Research 59: 1261–1302.
Uncovering Mutual Fund Private Information with Machine Learning
Managerial Risk Assessment and Fund Performance: Evidence from Textual Disclosure, with Sean Cao and Baozhong Yang
Artificially Intelligent Analyst Sentiment and Market Behavior, with Vidhi Chhaochharia, Alok Kumar, and Ville Rantala
FinTech Mergers, with Joanna Wang
Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, April 29, 2022, Deep Learning Mutual Fund Risk Assessment and Performance
Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, March 18, 2022, How FinTech Affects Corporate Takeover Markets
Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, September 29, 2021, Copycat Skills and Disclosure Costs
NBER Digest (Lead Article), December 2020, Corporate Reporting in the Era of Artificial Intelligence by Dylan Parry
Financial Times, December 5, 2020, Robo-Surveillance Shifts Tone of CEO Earnings Calls by Robin Wigglesworth
Guardian, December 5, 2020, Companies are Now Writing Reports Tailored for AI Readers – and It Should Worry Us by John Naughton
Oxford Business Law Blog, October 21, 2020, How to Talk When a Machine is Listening: Corporate Disclosure in the Age of AI
Bloomberg, October 20, 2020, Sweet-Talking CEOs are Starting to Outsmart the Robot Analysts by Gregor Stuart Hunter
CNBC, October 20, 2020, Corporate Execs are Talking Differently on Earnings Calls to Please the Machines by Bob Pisani
Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, October 1, 2020, How to Talk When a Machine is Listening: Corporate Disclosure in the Age of AI