IRRCi Research Award Submission Deadline is October 6, 2017. Two categories: Practitioner and Academic. Winners to Receive $10,000 each and get to present at the 2107 influential Columbia University Millstein Center Forum.
The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) is accepting submissions through October 6, 2017, for its sixth annual competition for research that examines the interaction between the real economy and investment theory.
Practitioners and academics are invited to submit research papers by October 6, 2017, for consideration by a blue-ribbon panel of judges with deep finance and investment experience.
Two research papers – one academic and one practitioner – each will receive the 2017 IRRCi Research Award along with a $10,000 award. The winning papers will also be presented at the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia University in December 2017 in New York City.
The panel of respected judges includes:
- Robert Dannhauser, Head of Capital Markets Policy, CFA Institute
- James Hawley, Professor and Director of the Elfenworks Center for Fiduciary Capitalism at St. Mary’s College; Head of Applied Research for TruValue Labs
- Erika Karp, Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Cornerstone Capital
- Nell Minow, Governance Expert and Huffington Post Columnist
Biographies of the judges are available here. Additional judges may be added.
“This award has become both high profile and highly valued. It shines a remarkably strong spotlight on academic and business research that dissects and analyzes pressing investment issues,” said Jon Lukomnik, IRRCi executive director. Lukomnik continued:
Last year’s two winning papers both offered important contributions to the global debate on the need for businesses to maintain a long horizon focus in a short-term world. But whether it is investor time frame, sustainability concerns or insider trading in the derivatives markets, the papers have constantly been high quality. That, in turn, has attracted widespread attention to the winning papers.
Award submissions are accepted online. Submissions may be an original work created specifically for the IRRCi Research Award, or relevant unpublished papers, or papers that have been published after July 1, 2016. Winning papers will be presented at the Columbia University Millstein Center’s conference, published by the IRRCi on its website, and distributed to some 6,000 individuals interested in the organization’s research.
IRRCi Research Award: Background
As noted on the IRRCi web site, Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) has dominated investment theory for a half century. MPT focuses on security selection, portfolio construction, and other financial issues rather than the intersection of the real economy and investing. Simultaneously, the growing importance of the private sector relative to the public sector in the real economy has increased scrutiny of private sector behavior and economic activity. The IRRCi Research Award encourages new research that analyzes how investments interact with real world economic activity.
The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute is a nonprofit research organization that funds academic and practitioner research enabling investors, policymakers, and other stakeholders to make data-driven decisions. IRRCi research covers a wide range of topics of interest to investors, is objective, unbiased, and disseminated widely.