Tarek Hassan, Stephan Hollander, Laurence van Lent, and Tahoun Ahmed speaking on "The Global Impact of Brexit Uncertainty"

The Hoover Institution announces a new seminar series on Using Text as Data in Policy Analysis, co-organized by Steven J. Davis and Justin Grimmer. These seminars will feature applications of natural language processing, structured human readings,and machine learning methods to text as data to examine policy issues in economics, history, national security, political science, and other fields.

Our 12th session features a conversation with Tarek Hassan, Stephan Hollander, Laurence van Lent, and Tahoun Ahmed speaking on The Global Impact of Brexit Uncertainty on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 9:00AM – 10:30AM PT and the paper under discussion can be found here. The slides can be viewed here.



Tarek Hassan is an Associate Professor of Economics at Boston University. His research focuses on international finance, macro-finance, and social factors in economic growth. Some of his recent papers study the effects of uncertainty on firm behavior and on the allocation of capital across countries. Another set of papers studies the effect of social structure on economic growth and the effect of historical migration and ethnic diversity on foreign direct investment. Hassan’s work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Finance. He is a research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research.


Stephan Hollander is Professor of Financial Accounting at Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University. Professor Hollander’s research focuses on the role corporate communication plays in capital markets functioning efficiently, and on how regulatory and legislative changes and technological developments influence firms’ information environments. Much of his work uses methods in computational linguistics. Hollander’s work, co-authored with leading researchers, has appeared in the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics. His paper on automatic summarization of earnings releases won the 2018 Best Paper Midyear Meeting Award by the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association. Hollander worked as an auditor at Deloitte prior to his PhD.


Laurence van Lent is a Professor of Accounting and Economics and the Vice-Dean, Doctoral Education at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Professor van Lent’s primary research fields are politics and financial markets, incentives, and organization design. He has served as an editor of The Accounting Review, editor-in-chief of European Accounting Review, and an associate editor of Journal of Accounting Research. Before joining the Frankfurt School, he was a tenured professor of Accounting at Tilburg University. He has published in leading journals in Economics, Management, Finance, and Accounting and received recognition for his research and review work, winning awards from Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Accounting Research.


Tahoun Ahmed is an Associate Professor at London Business School. Tahoun was named one of the Top 40 Professors under 40. He has been a research scholar at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Wharton School, a faculty member at the London School of Economics, a research fellow at the University of Valencia, and a banker at HSBC. His research tackles important social questions, ranging from the quid pro quo relations between politicians and the corporate world; the economics of revolution; and the global development of securities law in response to corporate scandals during the past 200 years. His current research agenda focuses on text as data to understand corporate policy making, and on measuring the diffusion of disruptive technologies. His research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Accounting Review and the Review of Finance. The Economist, the New York Times, the Financial Times and the WSJ have covered his work. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Accounting Research. Tahoun has been the recipient of eight consecutive grants from the prestigious Institute of New Economic Thinking.


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