Stephan Hollander is a Professor of Financial Accounting at Tilburg University. He has been a visiting research scholar at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and the University of Melbourne, and an auditor at Deloitte. His 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. For example, a simple pattern-based sequence-classification approach provides new insights on political risks firms are facing. Professor Hollander has published his research in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Accounting Studies.
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Political risk—and what firms do about it
We adapt simple tools from computational linguistics to construct a new measure of political risk faced by individual US firms: the share of their quarterly earnings conference calls that they devote to political risks.