Professor of Finance
François Degeorge is Full Professor of Finance at the Università della Svizzera italiana. He joined SFI in 2006 and has held an SFI Senior Chair since 2010. Prof. Degeorge obtained his PhD from Harvard University and is a former Fulbright scholar. He teaches executive education courses on corporate finance for wealth managers on a regular basis, and has received numerous teaching and research awards. Prof. Degeorge was the President of the European Finance Association during 2015.
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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.
One of Prof. Degeorge’s most recent co-authored 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, the findings highlight the importance of the format of company news when seeking to capture investor attention.