International Institutional Investing and Trading Behavior in Emerging Markets (Prof. Aliaa Bassiouny)

2 students are sought for a project on “International Institutional Investing and Trading Behavior in Emerging Markets ” with Prof. Aliaa Bassiouny that will begin on 6/3/24 and last for 8 weeks

Project Description:

The objective of this research is to empirically compare the investment strategies and trading behaviors of different types of institutional investors investing in emerging markets. Students will work with a detailed high-frequency dataset of over 400 million trades for all actively traded stocks on the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) for a ten-year period, disaggregating and analyzing the data by type and origin of institutional investor. They will also have the opportunity to examine the impact of economic and political events on the trading behaviors of international investors accessing emerging markets like Egypt. Interested students should read my earlier paper that used a subset of this dataset for background: Bassiouny, A., & Tooma, E. (2017). Trading Better Versus Making More: Evidence from an Emerging Market. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 53(8), 1779-1795.

Prerequisites

Students should have completed at least one class in statistics, data analytics or data science. Familiarity with statistical or data analytics software.

Special Comments

All research can be done remotely with regular zoom meetings.

Project Information

Estimated Start Date: 6/3/24

Estimated End Date: 7/26/24

Maximum number of students sought: 2

Contact Information: Prof. Aliaa Bassiouny (abassiouny@wlu.edu)

Effective Altruism and Its Critics: Dignity, Ethics, and a More Just World (Prof. Howard Pickett)

2 more students are sought for a project on “Effective Altruism and Its Critics: Dignity, Ethics, and a More Just World” with Prof. Howard Pickett that will begin on 6/1/2024 and last for 8 weeks

Project Description:

“Effective Altruism and Its Critics” will give SRS participants an opportunity to read about, discuss, and research the main debates related to the increasingly popular effective altruism (EA) movement. We will examine the work of effective altruists and their critics (including Kantians, contractualists, and others) both charitably (looking for their best insights) and critically (looking for the limitations of their arguments). In other words, we will neither uncritically BASH nor uncritically PRAISE Effective Altruism. Each SRS student will be given the opportunity to research a particular philosophical issue related to EA and also apply our thinking about EA (and its alternative ethical frameworks) to a social problem that matters to YOU! By participating, you will gain a better understanding not only of EA but also, more broadly, of some of the most important debates in ethical theory and, last but not least, some of the most promising ways of adressing one of our world’s most pressing social problems.

Prerequisites

Ideally, applicants will have some familiarity with ethics and with addressing social problems in respectful ways (e.g., through courses in POV or PHIL). However, applicants with background in Effective Altruism or ethics, even without coursework in POV or PHIL, will also be considered.

Special Comments

Project Information

Estimated Start Date: 6/1/2024

Estimated End Date: 7/26/2024

Maximum number of students sought: 2

Contact Information: Prof. Howard Pickett (Picketthy@wlu.edu)