What Explains Differences in Finance Research Productivity During the Pandemic?

45 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2021 Last revised: 9 May 2022

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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: February 2021

Abstract

Using 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 are the results that concerns about feedback, isolation, and health have large negative research effects, disproportionately affecting junior faculty and PhD students. Finally, faculty facing greater concerns about employers’ finances report larger negative research effects and more concerns about feedback, isolation and health.

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? (February 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w28493, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795011

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