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Conventional vs. modern: Repertoire drives opera house identity, market share

SMU, opera research, Cox, Bo Kyung KimIn new research, Cox School’s Bo Kyung Kim explores the options for opera companies competing for position.

Paradoxically, the authors find, to create space for unconventional repertoire choices it may be necessary to make yet more conventional choices.
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The New York Times: Study Finds a Gender Gap at the Top Museums

New York Times, gender gap, art museumsReporter Hilarie M. Sheets with The New York Times has covered the research of Ann Marie Gan, an SMU student in the MA/MBA in Arts Management in the Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts.

Gan authored the study with Zannie Giraud Voss, director of the National Center for Arts Research, NCAR, at Southern Methodist University, and Christine Anagnos, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Directors, AAMD. Continue reading

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Women have made strides for equality in society, but gender gap still exists in art museum directorships

SMU, Cox, Gender Gap, MuseumsThe Association of Art Museum Directors and the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University have released findings from a research study designed to understand the gender gap in art museum directorships and to explore potential factors to help the association’s member institutions advance toward greater gender equality. Continue reading

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Wall Street’s short sellers wrongly maligned — detected red flags ahead of US financial crisis

Numerous U.S. banks failed during the recent financial crisis — and more would have, absent governmental intervention, says short-selling expert Hemang Desai, an SMU professor.

New research from Desai suggests short sellers were sensitive to the leading indicators of the crisis, and were the first to react, ahead of equity analysts, ratings agencies and auditors.
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A director’s skills, experiences and workload drive their compensation, study finds

Linck Cox SMU board compensationMystique shrouds the activities surrounding the board of directors. Today directors serving on boards are paid quite handsomely. But what functions do they perform for their rewards?

In a first-of-its-kind paper, SMU Cox Distinguished Finance Professor James Linck, with Viktar Fedaseyeu and Hannes Wagner, analyze directors — who they are, what they do and how much they are paid. Continue reading

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Analysis: Corporate America’s cash pile-up a reaction to refinancing risk

companies-raking-in-cash-hoarding-not-hiringWhy has corporate America been awash in record levels of cash? Numerous theories are offered as to why firms amass: Firms themselves are riskier, volatile, pessimistic and have record profits, to name a few. But an overlooked reason, according to new research by SMU Cox Rauscher Chair William Maxwell and co-authors, is that firms are hedging refinancing risk. Cash is a hedge in case they cannot raise the funds they may need if credit conditions are tight or another type of shock hits.
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The Undying Radio: Familiarity breeds content when it comes to listeners and music

Many music listeners want to perceive themselves as receptive to novel music. But new research says otherwise when it comes to our choices, says Morgan Ward in SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Tension between the novel and the familiar leads to interesting insights for marketers.

The research offers lessons in how actual behavior trumps media portrayals of consumers’ perennial desires for novelty. Continue reading

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SMU-North Texas Food Bank study will analyze causes of hunger in Dallas and rural North Texas

Economists at SMU will analyze the roles social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger in North Texas.

Recent studies have found that household economic resources are not the only factor contributing to food insecurity, according to Thomas B. Fomby, SMU professor of economics. Continue reading

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CNN: Study links mutual fund decisions with religion

CNN’s “Belief” blog covered the research of SMU financial economist Dr. Johan Sulaeman. In the Sept. 25 article “Study links mutual fund decisions with religion,” CNN journalist Laura Koran reported on research by Sulaeman and others who found that religion plays a major role in many Americans’ lives, including their investing.

“Specifically, the study found that mutual funds located in predominantly Catholic areas are associated with increasing fund volatility, a measure of risk taking, by about 6 percent, compared to those in low-Catholic areas. Those in predominately Protestant counties have a 14 percent lower fund volatility compared with those in low-Protestant areas.” Continue reading

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