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1st Anniversary

This blog started one year ago today.  Thanks to all my subscribers and colleagues who have encouraged  me with this venture - your support is very much appreciated.  For those interested in statistics and facts, here are this blog's statistics:

  1. 234 posts or 0.89 per working day
  2. 350 subscribers / followers
  3. An average of 100 page views per day
  4. Most viewed post 
  5. Pageviews by country - Sierra Leone at bottom and UK at top
  6. Pageviews by browser - Explorer (26%), Firefox (22%), Chrome (19%), Apple (13%), Safari (11%)
  7. Pageviews by operating system - Windows (67%), Macintosh (17%), iPhone (4%), Linux (3%), Android (3%), iPad (2%)
  8. My favourite post

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How Valuable Are Connections?

Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, Amir Kermani, James Kwak and Todd Mitton have written a paper on whether firms connected to Timothy Geithner benefited from these connections. They do so by looking at how stocks of these firms reacted to the announcement that he was a nominee for Treasury Secretary in November 2008. They find that there were large abnormal returns for connected firms. Below is the paper's abstract and the full paper is available here . The announcement of Timothy Geithner as nominee for Treasury Secretary in November 2008 produced a cumulative abnormal return for financial firms with which he had a connection. This return was about 6% after the first full day of trading and about 12% after ten trading days. There were subsequently abnormal negative returns for connected firms when news broke that Geithner's confirmation might be derailed by tax issues. Excess returns for connected firms may reflect the perceived impact of relying on the advice of a small ne

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Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles

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