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University of Delaware Weinberg Center - ECGI

2022 Corporate Governance Symposium


John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Competition

Friday, 11 March 2022

09:30 – 15:15 EST | 15:30 – 21:15 CET

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Laura Field (University of Delaware and ECGI)

Fei Xie (University of Delaware and ECGI)




The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Department of Finance at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, at the University of Delaware, hosted its 2022 annual corporate governance symposium online in collaboration with the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).

The symposium featured the two winning papers of the 2022 John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award competition which highlighted innovative research and includes an award of USD 10,000. It focused on ESG-related topics (broadly defined).

The winning papers were presented and discussed together with the eight semi-finalist’s papers for the prize. The full programme is available here.

This research competition is the successor to the IRRCi Investor Research Paper Award, which had become a prominent award garnering significant attention amongst the investment community, academia and policymakers. The John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award, as its predecessor did, highlights innovative research. Details of last year's programme and award winners are available here.

General inquiries regarding the competition or the Symposium should be directed to Louisa Cresson at
Please note that the selection of winners/finalists, if any, is at the sole discretion of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. The Weinberg Center fully anticipates awarding two $10,000 prizes, but reserves the right to select no papers as winners in the event papers submitted do not meet the above guidelines and/or the Center does not believe any paper is worthy of the award. Submissions are no longer being accepted for this event.


Friday, 11 March 2022 | 09:30 EST (15:30 CET)

Announcement of the winners of the John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Competition

Morning Session

ESG Lending


Nitish Kumar


Lubomir P. Litov

Chaired by


Paul Laux

Afternoon Session

Chaired by


Mahsa Kaviani

Concluding remarks



Laura Field

Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance
University of Delaware
Research Member

Marco Becht

Professor of Finance and the Goldschmidt Professor of Corporate Governance
Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management, Université libre de Bruxelles
Fellow, Research Member

Henri Servaes

Richard Brealey Professor of Corporate Governance; Professor of Finance
London Business School
Research Member

Nadya Malenko

Professor of Finance
Boston College, Carroll School of Management
Research Member

Daniel Ferreira

Professor of Finance
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Fellow, Research Member

Fei Xie

Chaplin Tyler Professor of Finance & Iannaccone Faculty Fellow
University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business and Economics
Research Member

Alon Brav

Bratton Family Distinguished Professor
Fuqua School of Business
Research Member

Vyacheslav Fos

Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow
Boston College
Research Member


Louisa Cresson
University of Delaware
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