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Professor Renee Adams

Professor of Finance, Commonwealth Bank Chair in Finance
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Renee Adams, Professor of Finance, Commonwealth Bank Chair in Finance, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales
ECGI Research Associate (2004) :

Renée B. Adams is Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales. She is also the Director of UNSW Business School’s Women in Leadership Network, an Affiliate of LSE’s Financial Markets Group, Senior Fellow at the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research and Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Since 2016, she is an editor at Management Science. She holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Professor Adams’ research focuses on the organization of corporate boards. She has written papers examining the information flow between managers and the board, gender diversity on boards, governance problems in banks, group decision-making on boards and the governance of central banks. She has published in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies and Strategic Management Journal.

Professor Adams’ interest in gender diversity is not limited to research. In 2012, Professor Adams founded The F.E.W. (The Financial Economics Women Network)-a support, development and lobbying group for female academics in Finance and Economics. She co-founded AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s “Academic Female Finance Committee”, in 2015.

Research Interests
Corporate finance
Corporate governance
Economics of organisations
Governance of financial institutions

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
Boards, and the Directors Who Sit on Them ECGI Finance Working Paper 515/2017 July 2017
Good News for Some Banks ECGI Finance Working Paper 502/2017 April 2017
Women in Finance ECGI Finance Working Paper 479/2016 September 2016
Are CEOs Born Leaders? Lessons from Traits of a Million Individuals ECGI Finance Working Paper 478/2016 September 2016
Women on Boards: The Superheroes of Tomorrow? ECGI Finance Working Paper 466/2016 March 2016
Barriers to Boardrooms ECGI Finance Working Paper 347/2013 June 2015
Who Directs the Fed? ECGI Finance Working Paper 293/2011 May 2011
Shareholders and Stakeholders: How do Directors Decide? ECGI Finance Working Paper 276/2010 March 2010
Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Does Gender Matter? ECGI Finance Working Paper 273/2010 January 2010
Governance and the Financial Crisis ECGI Finance Working Paper 248/2009 April 2009
Asking Directors about their Dual Roles ECGI Finance Working Paper 243/2009 May 2009
The Role of Boards of Directors in Corporate Governance: A Conceptual Framework & Survey ECGI Finance Working Paper 228/2009 November 2008
Shareholderism: Board Members' Values and the Shareholder-Stakeholder Dilemma ECGI Finance Working Paper 204/2008 April 2008
Regulatory Pressure and Bank Directors' Incentives to Attend Board Meetings ECGI Finance Working Paper 203/2008 April 2008
One Share, One Vote: The Empirical Evidence ECGI Finance Working Paper 177/2007 May 2007
Identifying the Effect of Managerial Control on Firm Performance ECGI Finance Working Paper 101/2005 November 2005
A Theory of Friendly Boards ECGI Finance Working Paper 100/2005 October 2005 Winner of the 2006 Egon Zehnder International Prize (Best paper on company boards and their role in corporate governance)
Women in the boardroomand their impact on governance and performance ECGI Finance Working Paper 057/2004 August 2004

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