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François Degeorge
SFI Managing Director and Senior Chair
Professor of Finance
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François Degeorge is SFI Managing Director, SFI Senior Chair and Professor of Finance at USI. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Economics at USI and a former President of the European Finance Association. He has taught at HEC Paris, where he also served as Associate Dean for Research. He has been a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth), at Université Paris-Dauphine, and at the Saïd Business School (Oxford). Prof. Degeorge holds a PhD from Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and an Arthur Sachs Scholar. He has received numerous teaching and research awards.

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Research Interests:
His research tackles several topics in corporate finance. Most recently he has investigated the influence of analysts on corporate policies, the growing phenomenon of secondary buyouts, and the stock market impact of news dissemination by firms.
Recent Research:
One of Prof. Degeorge’s most recent coauthored projects looks at how investor attention changes when firms adopt modern news dissemination technologies. To shed light on this topic, the researchers focus on the consequences of the adoption of an English-language electronic wire service by European firms to disseminate news on stock market behavior. Quantitative results suggest that firms that start disseminating news through English-language wire services experience smaller price stock drifts and larger abnormal trading volumes following earnings announcements. Overall, findings highlight the importance of the format of company news when seeking to capture investor attention.