Using The Internet To Keep Up To Date With The Latest Journal Articles
And Working Papers In Finance
John P. Scordo, Esq.
Introduction - Keeping current with the most recent academic finance articles and working papers, using only the internet, is not easy. There is no central location where all of the articles are aggregated, and most journals require paid subscriptions and therefore do not ordinarily make their materials available for free over the internet. Luckily, some of the major journals allow upcoming papers to be downloaded before official publication, and the authors of working papers generally allow free access to their articles at their own personal website or their institution’s website. I have tried to collect below a short list of sites that can be visited regularly to keep up to date on the latest leading research in finance, as well as more comprehensive lists of research-related and other interesting sites. By visiting the "Leading Sources" identified below, about once a week, you should be kept reasonably up to date on most major releases of research in finance. I have also provided, in the "Recent Articles of Interest" sub-section, a running list of interesting and potentially influential articles, mostly focused on academic research in the financial markets, primarily the stock market. Also, be sure to scroll down. The "Shorter Articles/New Sites of Note" focuses on more easily readable, semi-academic articles and additional sites of interest. The remaining sub-sections below list major journals and working paper sites, and the "Key Links For Academic Research," "Shorter Finance Articles" and "Other Interesting Sites/Online Finance Courses" sub-sections list many other very useful sites. Please read about the purpose of this site before using. Site last updated on: Sunday, March 28, 2010 (prior updates on: January 25, 2010, December 14, 2009, September 28, 2009, June 27, 2009, February 8, 2009, November 28, 2008, October 6, 2008, July 31, 2008, April 30, 2008, February 29, 2008 ....)
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Recent Articles of Interest
March 2010 - Faber, Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation New!
January 2010 - Universal Statistical Properties of Poker Tournaments
January 2010 - U.S. Debt Burden: Public and Private
December 2009 - Reiss, What we can learn from housing futures
December 2009 - Henderson, Credit Derivatives Are Not 'Insurance'
September 2009 - FRBNY, The Topology of Interbank Payment Flows
September 2009 - ECB, The Topology of the Federal Funds Market
September 2009 - Baker, George, The Role of Television in Household Debt
June 2009 - Haugen, Baker, Case Closed if the authors have proven that markets are not 100% "efficient" does that mean anyone can identify when they are not efficient in advance and profit from it? my advice: pick up the $20 bill, but don't quit your day job
June 2009 - Marshall, Cahan, Cahan, Technical Analysis Around the World: Does it Ever Add Value?
February 2009 - What things cost in Ancient Rome
October 2008 - Financial Crisis
October 2008 - Galinsky, Insecure Minds Wired For Pattern Finding - the best explanation yet for the belief that anyone can trade the market
July 2008 - 80 Year History: Earnings Yield vs. Interest Rates *** Highly Recommended ***
July 2008 - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Monetary Policy's Third Interest Rate
February 2008 - Campbell, Hilscher, Szilagyi, In Search of Distress Risk
February 2008 - Fama, French, Dissecting Anomalies
"Leading" Sources of Journal Articles
Journal of Financial Economics (titles only)
EconPapers Search - as part of the RePec sites, EconPapers is a great resource. Thanks to Professor Sune Karlsson of the Stockholm School of Economics you can now search all "G" JEL classified articles ("financial economics") added or modified on the site within the last "x" days or weeks. This should allow you to periodically review recent articles added to the EconPapers site. (Note: all posted articles on EconPapers may not have JEL codes attributed to them).
SSRN (Financial Economics Network) – this and the RePec site are the two main "aggregators" of financial research on the internet. The SSRN site is really geared for searching specific topics or authors. The above link should rank recent finance papers in date order, many of which are downloadable (at times this link can be slow). I would recommend checking this link a few times a week. It is the single most useful resource on the web for new releases in finance. (Note if you have trouble downloading the document, you can have it e-mailed to you). SSRN now requires registration but it is free.
Journal of Business (abstracts only) It can be argued that the Journal of Business should replace one of the publications in the "Big Four" - see Arnold, Butler, Crack, Altintig, Impact: What Influences Finance Research?
The RePec Sites
NetEc/WebEc/EconWPA/IDEAS/RePEC/NEP – This collection of sites is the most comprehensive source on the web for academic financial literature. The sites contain one of the most complete list of Working Paper sites (962) and Journal sites (129) available. Also, the EconWPA site does list abstracts from posted articles by month. At present, the best way to keep up to date on papers being posted to the RePec sites is to sign up for the "corporate finance," "econometrics," "finance" and "financial markets" e-mail notifications. The professors participating in RePec and in WebEc-HoPEC are listed.
Other Leading Working Paper Sites
Central Bank Research Hub - BIS.org - A very nice compilation of working papers from all of the world's central banks
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