The AIB Centre for Finance & Business Research in the School of Business recently held the presentation of the best paper awards marking the 5th year of these awards which serve to recognize excellence for the best research papers completed by undergraduate students from the BBS (Economics & Finance) and BA Finance and Investment degrees and best postgraduate dissertations by the MBS (Economics and Finance) and MB in Accounting students. The School was delighted to welcome the recipients and their families along with the key note speaker, Professor Jӧrg Prokop, Professor of Finance and Banking at the Centre for Transnational Studies (ZenTra), University of Oldenburg, Germany. An auditor by profession before moving work in academia Professor Prokop delivered a thought provoking presentation tilted: ‘From AAA to D: The Role of Credit Rating Agencies in Financial Markets’. As part of his visit Professor Prokop had also presented to the Doctorate in Business Administration students as well as meeting with staff and PhD students regarding collaborations and staff-student exchange programmes.
Dr. Sheila O’Donohoe, Co-ordinator of AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research
Steve Keating, recipient of undergraduate award
John Kehoe, recipient of postgraduate award
Sarah O’Donnell, recipient of postgraduate award
Ger Long, Head of Department of Accounting and Economics
Niall O’Sullivan, recipient of postgraduate award
Deimante Garlauskaite, recipient of undergraduate award
Professor Jörg Prokop, key note speaker, Finance and Banking Professor, University of Oldenburg, Germany.
The titles and recipients of the Best Paper 2013 are:
‘An Investigation into the Presence of the January Effect and Halloween Effect in the Irish and Japanese markets’ by Steve Keating, now working with State Street International
‘Is the Size Effect Alive? An Analysis of UK and Lithuanian Markets for the Period, 2003-2012’ by Deimante Seibokiene
‘An Analysis of the Share Price Reaction to Share Repurchases by UK Companies: 2006-2012’ by Saoirse Gahan, now working in London with Frontier Economics
‘The Impact of Voluntary Auditor Rotation upon Audit Quality: An Empirical Study of FTSE 350 Companies’ by John Kehoe, now working with PWC
‘An Analysis of Japanese Domestic Mergers and Acquisitions: An Acquiring Firm Perspective’ by Sarah O Donnell, soon to start work with JP Morgan
‘An Empirical Investigation of Mean Reversion Strategies Using the Price-Earnings Ratio: Evidence from the S&P 100 Index’ by Niall O Sullivan, soon to start work with JP Morgan