ES Risk and Shareholder Voice

The Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) warmly invites you to join guest speaker Bige Kahraman Alper as part of the research seminar series.

  • Wed 19 Feb 20

    14:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Bige Kahraman Alper

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Nikolaos Vlastakis

Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) warmly welcomes to Dr Bige Kahraman Alper from Said Business School at the University of Oxford, as guest speaker of the research seminar series. She will be presenting her work on environmental and social issues of shareholders.

Seminar abstract

Over the 2004 to 2016 period over 20% of all shareholder proposals relate to Environmental and Social (ES) issues, and slightly more than half are sponsored by asset management companies.

Support for these proposals has increased substantially over the period, but it remains the case that virtually none received the minimum threshold support rate to pass.

This study finds that failed ES proposals with higher investor support significantly predicts future firm risk, measured in extreme negative stock returns and real events such as negative ES incidents.

Examining the retailed records of mutual fund votes, the results uncover that myopia within investors and management contributes to these proposals not receiving greater support.


This seminar is free to attend and there is no need to book in advance. Come along and feel to bring your friends, colleagues and classmates.

Speaker bio

Bige Kahraman Alper is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Said Business School and is a Fellow of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford.

She holds a PhD in Economic from Yale University with specialisations in financial economics and econometrics.

She is a Research Affiliate in the Financial Economic programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an Economic Adviser to the Financial Conduct Authority. 

Bige's research focuses on analysing the sources of market frictions giving rises to market inefficiency and systematic liquidity crises. He recent studies quantify the importance of various frictions - for instance, arising from capital constraints, organisational structures in asset management intermediaries and asymmetric information - and examine the role of financial innovation that can help markets overcome these frictions.

He papers appear in top journals such as academic journals such as Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies.

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