What Explains Differences in Finance Research Productivity During the Pandemic?

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Brad M. Barber

University of California, Davis

Wei Jiang

Columbia University - Columbia Business School, Finance; ECGI; NBER

Adair Morse

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Manju Puri

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; NBER

Heather Tookes

Yale University - Yale School of Management; Yale University - International Center for Finance

Ingrid M. Werner

The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business

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Date Written: April 6, 2021

Abstract

Based on a survey of AFA members, we analyze how demographics, time allocation, production mechanisms, and institutional factors affect research production during the pandemic. Consistent with the literature, research productivity falls more for women and faculty with young children. Independently, and novel, extra time spent teaching (much more likely for women) negatively affects research productivity. Also novel, concerns about feedback, isolation, and health have large negative research effects, which disproportionately affect junior faculty and PhD students. Finally, faculty who express greater concerns about employers’ finances report larger negative research effects and more concerns about feedback, isolation, and health.

Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, academic finance profession, research productivity, gender, family structure, tenure

JEL Classification: A22, A23, G0, I23, J13, J16, J22, J24, J44

Suggested Citation

Barber, Brad M. and Jiang, Wei and Morse, Adair and Puri, Manju and Tookes, Heather and Werner, Ingrid M., What Explains Differences in Finance Research Productivity During the Pandemic? (April 6, 2021). Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2020-03-031, Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2020-31, Journal of Finance, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3757548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3757548

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