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Alma Cohen

Professor of Empirical Practice
Harvard Law School

Associate Professor
Eitan Berglas School of Economics
Tel-Aviv University

Faculty Fellow
National Bureau of Economic Research

E-mail: alcohen@law.harvard.edu

SSRN Author Page / Google Scholar Profile



The Politics of CEOs
(with Moshe Hazan, Roberto Tallarita, and David Weiss)
11 Journal of Legal Analysis 1-45 (2019)
Articles about the study in The New York Times, Axios, WSJ , CNN, WSJ.
Blog posts noting this paper: ProfessorBainbridge.com, Marginal Revolution, Quartz.

The Heterogeneous Effect of Affirmative Action on Performance
(with Anat Bracha and Lynn Conell-Price)
158 Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 172-218 (2019)
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 805, January 2015.

Judicial Politics and Disparities in Sentencing
(with Crystal Yang)
11 American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 160-191 (2019)
Media about the study in Raw Story, Washington Post, New York Times, Above the Law, Alternet, Atlanta Black Star, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Bustle, Essence, The Hill, Newsweek, Splinter News

Termination Risk and Short-Termism at the NBA
(with Nadav Levy and Roy Sasson)
34 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 579-618 (2018)
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 819, April 2015.

Reexamining Staggered Boards and Shareholder Value
(with Charles CY Wang)
127 Journal of Financial Economics, 637-647 (2017)

The Agency Problems of Institutional Investors
(with Lucian Bebchuk and Scott Hirst)
31 Journal of Economic Perspectives 89-102 (Summer 2017).
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 930, August 2017.
Media coverage: Livewire Markets, The Economist
Blog posts noting this paper: ProfessorBainbridge.com.

Judicial Decision Making: A Dynamic Reputation Approach
(with Alon Klement and Zvika Neeman)
44 Journal of Legal Studies 133-159 (2014)
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 803, January 2015.

Golden Parachutes and the Wealth of Shareholders
(with Lucian Bebchuk and Charles C.Y. Wang)
25 Journal of Corporate Finance 140-154 (2014)
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 683, December 2010.
Article about the study in U.S News and World Report

How Do Staggered Boards Affect Shareholder Value? Evidence from a Natural Experiment
(with Charles C.Y. Wang)
110 Journal of Financial Economics 627-641 (2013)
Articles about the study in New York Times DealBook and Thomson Reuters

Learning and the Disappearing Association between Governance and Returns
(with Lucian Bebchuk and Charles C.Y. Wang)
108 Journal of Financial Economics 323-348 (2013)
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 667
NBER Working Paper No. W15912.
Won the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute’s 2013 Academic Research Award

Financial Incentives and Fertility
(with Rajeev Dehejia and Dmitri Romanov)
95 Review of Economics and Statistics 1–20 (2013) (lead article)
NBER Working Paper No. W13700.

Asymmetric Learning in Repeated Contracting: An Empirical Study
94 Review of Economics and Statistics (2012)
Harvard Law School Olin Discussion Paper No. 606
NBER Working Paper No. W13752.

The Wages of Failure, Executive Compensation at Bear Stearns and Lehman 2000-2008
(with Lucian Bebchuk and Holger Spamann)
Yale Journal on Regulation, Vol. 27, pp. 257-282 (2010).

Testing for Adverse Selection in Insurance Markets
(with Peter Siegelman)
Journal of Risk and Insurance, Vol. 77, Issue 1, pp. 39-84 (2010).
Won the 2011 Robert C. Witt Award awarded annually by the American Risk and Insurance Association.

What Matters in Corporate Governance?
(with Lucian Bebchuk and Allen Ferrell)
Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 783-827 (2009).
Data on the Entrenchment Index 1990-2006
List of over 307 studies using the entrenchment index

Estimating Risk Preferences from Deductible Choice
(with Liran Einav)
American Economic Review, Vol. 93, Issue 3, pp. 745-788 (2007).

The Disadvantages of Aggregate Deductibles
B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1, article 7 2006.

The Costs of Entrenched Boards
(with Lucian Bebchuk)
Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 78, pp. 409-433 (2005).
[Included in the JFE “Hall of Fame” (http://jfe.rochester.edu/allstar.htm) of influential JFE articles that have that have an average of 10 or more citations per year since publication; Supported by BSI-Gamma foundation grant]

Asymmetric Information and Learning: Evidence from the Automobile Insurance Market
Review of Economic and Statistics, Vol. 87, No. 2, pp. 197-207 (2005).

The Effects of Automobile Insurance and Accident Liability Laws on Traffic Fatalities
(with Rajeev Dehejia)
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 357-393 (2004).

Firms’ Decisions Where to Incorporate
(with Lucian Bebchuk)
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 46, Vol. 2, pp. 383-425 (2003).

The Effect of Mandatory Seat Belt Laws on Driving Behavior and Traffic Fatalities
(with Liran Einav)
Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 85, No. 4, pp. 828-843 (2003).

Does the Evidence Favor State Competition in Corporate Law?
(with Lucian Bebchuk and Allen Ferrell)
California Law Review, Vol. 90 , No. 2, pp. 1775-1921 (2002).


Working Papers:

Politics and Gender in the Executive Suite
(with Moshe Hazan and David Weiss)
Harvard Law School John M. Olin Center Discussion Paper No. 1029, March 2020.
Articles about the study in NYT

The 8-K Trading Gap
(with Robert J. Jackson Jr. and Joshua Mitts)

Articles about the study in Bloomberg LawBloomberg LawBloomberg ViewBradshaw Law GroupCFOLaw360LexologyWall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Law360.

The 8-K Trading Gap bill motivated by this paper is discussed in a June 2018 Senate Committee Hearing, Testimony of Damon Silvers, and Testimony of John Coates