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  • Ferrell’s article ranked as the second most cited by the Journal of Financial Economics

    November 8, 2019

    A paper by Professor Allen Ferrell ’95, “Socially Responsible Firms,” has been ranked number two on the Journal of Financial Economics’ (JEF) list of the most cited articles since 2016. The paper is co-authored with Hao Liang of Le Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University, and Luc Renneboog of Tilburg University. Using data on firms from around the world and by means of an instrumental variable approach, the paper finds that well-governed firms—meaning firms generally run so as to maximize shareholder value and which suffer from fewer agency problems—engage in more corporate social responsibility initiatives. Ferrell is the Greenfield Professor of Securities Law at Harvard Law School.

  • Allen Ferrell

    Ferrell’s article ranked as the second most cited by the Journal of Financial Economics

    November 7, 2019

    Professor Allen Ferrell ’95 paper, "Socially Responsible Firms," has been ranked number two on the Journal of Financial Economics' list of the most cited articles since 2016.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings 2

    HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    January 18, 2019

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2018, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

  • Harvard Law Professors Top Citation Rankings

    January 31, 2018

    Twelve of the top 100 most-cited law professors of all time teach at Harvard Law School, according to the Social Science Research Network—and professors Lucian A. Bebchuk and Steven Shavell took the first two spots. An electronic service that aims to make research papers and scholarly articles easily accessible, the SSRN contains over 650,000 documents by more than 360,000 authors...“The rankings reflect the significant impact that the Harvard Law School faculty has on policy research and the legal academy,” Bebchuk wrote in an email. Law Professor Cass R. Sunstein ’75, who ranks in fourth place with 1,484 citations, said he thinks there is a significant benefit to publishing work on SSRN. “I think it’s a good thing if you have a paper that’s published and that could benefit from the comments and criticisms of others,” Sunstein said...The list also includes Law professors Louis Kaplow, Reinier H. Kraakman ’71, Mark J. Roe, Jesse M. Fried ’86, Alma Cohen, Allen Ferrell, John Coates IV, Oren Bar-Gill, and J. Mark Ramseyer.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    January 24, 2018

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2017, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

  • Jonathan Lovvorn appointed policy director of the HLS Animal Law and Policy Program

    HLS faculty maintain strong presence in SSRN rankings

    January 19, 2017

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2016, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

  • Should You Trade on Trump’s Tweets?

    December 8, 2016

    Donald Trump loves to tweet. Sure he stopped for a few days before the election but now that he is President-Elect, his tweets are back and some of them are moving stock prices. Should you trade on Trump's tweets? Probably not...According to a December 7 interview with Allen Ferrell, Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law at Harvard Law School, "As I read the STOCK Act, the President is subject to insider trading law."...Ferrell thinks that this rule most likely applies to the President if the tweet is market-moving. "Executive branch employees is defined to include the President in the Act. The question would then be whether he obtained the information "from such person's position as an executive branch employee" -- I think there would be an argument that the answer to that is yes. There is a materiality requirement so this information would have to be sufficiently important," he said.

  • In Memoriam: Victor Brudney (1917 – 2016)

    April 19, 2016

    Victor Brudney, a giant in the field of corporate law and a major figure at Harvard Law School from the early 1970s through the 1990s, died April 14, in Cambridge, at age 98.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    Twelve Harvard Law School faculty among SSRN’s 100 most-cited law professors

    March 22, 2016

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the start of 2016, Harvard Law School faculty members featured prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors, capturing twelve slots among the top 100 law school professors (in all legal areas) in terms of citations to their work.

  • All-Star Team on a Winning Streak

    October 5, 2015

    Corporate governance scholars at Harvard Law keep putting up great numbers.

  • Bebchuk’s Study of Index Funds Wins IRRC Institute Prize

    Entrenchment Index of Bebchuk, Cohen and Ferrell applied by more than 300 research papers

    June 11, 2015

    As of May 2015, more than 300 research studies have applied the Entrenchment Index put forward in the study What Matters in Corporate Governance?, published by Harvard Law faculty members Lucian Bebchuk, Alma Cohen and Allen Ferrell.

  • The New Empiricists

    May 4, 2015

    For the growing number of empiricists at HLS, there’s nothing quite so satisfying—or unimpeachable—as resolving a thorny, often contentious, legal or policy question through rigorous analysis of cold, hard data.

  • Thirteen Harvard Law School faculty listed among SSRN’s 100 most-cited law school professors

    January 29, 2015

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2014, Harvard Law School faculty members featured prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

  • Allen Ferrell wins Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing

    January 6, 2015

    Allen Ferrell, the Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law at Harvard Law School, has been awarded the 2014 Moskowitz Prize. The prestigious annual award from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, recognizes outstanding quantitative research in socially responsible investing.

  • In It Together?

    November 24, 2014

    Do recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on class actions mean less security in numbers?

  • HLS Professor Mark Roe

    A roundtable at HLS on corporate time horizons

    October 22, 2012

    A group of senior corporate managers, finance practitioners, and academics from Europe and the U.S. gathered at HLS on Sept. 14-15 for a conference on the role of corporate governance in encouraging long-term value in public corporations.

  • Professor Alan Ferrell

    Ferrell study inspires FINRA rule changes: ‘The Law and Finance of Broker-Dealer Mark-Ups’

    April 25, 2011

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed changes to its rules governing markups, commissions and fees, partly in response to a study by Harvard Law School Professor Allen Ferrell. The study, published April 7, is titled “The Law and Finance of Broker-Dealer Mark-Ups.”

  • Hard Hats Required: The risky business of repairing the U.S. financial system

    July 1, 2010

    Two years after the government bailout of Bear Stearns set off the first shock wave, the Bulletin interviewed HLS faculty and alumni on what went wrong, on where the greatest dangers remain in our financial system and what to do about them.

  • The Supreme Court

    HLS professors join amicus brief in Supreme Court Investment Advisor Case

    September 22, 2009

    On Sept. 3, four HLS professors joined more than 20 other corporate law and finance professors and scholars in an amici curiae brief filed in the case of Jones et al. v. Harris Associates, now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Diversified Portfolio

    April 1, 2007

    Harvard Law School's corporate law scholars like to collaborate--across a global array of subjects.