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Associate Professor Helen Roberts

Associate Professor
BSc(Hons) PGDipCom (Otago) MSc (UBC) PhD (Otago)

Tel +64 3 479 8072
Office OBS 3.42
Email helen.roberts@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Roberts is the MFINC Director and also provides advice on post graduate study in finance including BCom(Honours), the Diploma for Graduates and the Post Graduate Diploma in Finance (PGDipCom).

She is the co-director of the Climate Energy Finance (CEF) Group and the Deputy Head of the Department of Accountancy and Finance.

Teaching

  • FINC 305 International Financial Management
  • FINC 425 Governance Issues in Finance

Research interests

The relationship between CEO compensation, firm performance and governance. Energy Finance and the impact of climate change on firm value. The value of board diversity and the role of gender diversity in firm governance. Gender pay gap and equity.

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Publications

Nguyen, D. T. T., Diaz-Rainey, I., Roberts, H., & Le, M. (2021). Loans from my neighbours: East Asian commercial banks, financial integration, and bank default risk. International Review of Financial Analysis, 74, 101659. doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2021.101659

Nguyen, D. T. T., Diaz-Rainey, I., & Roberts, H. (2020). The impact of banking integration on East Asian commercial banks. In J. Beirne & D. G. Fernandez (Eds.), Macroeconomic stabilization in the digital age. (pp. 141-172). Tokyo, Japan: Asian Development Bank Institute.

Anderson, W., Bhattacharyya, N., Morrill, C., & Roberts, H. (2020). Dividend payout and executive compensation: Theory and evidence from New Zealand. Accounting & Finance, 60, 1007-1022. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12399

Huang, J., Roberts, H., & Tan, E. K. M. (2020). The media and CEO dominance. International Review of Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12338

Lont, D. H., Ranasinghe, D., & Roberts, H. (2020). Non-GAAP disclosures and CEO pay levels. International Journal of Accounting. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1142/S109440602050016X

Chapter in Book - Research

Nguyen, D. T. T., Diaz-Rainey, I., & Roberts, H. (2020). The impact of banking integration on East Asian commercial banks. In J. Beirne & D. G. Fernandez (Eds.), Macroeconomic stabilization in the digital age. (pp. 141-172). Tokyo, Japan: Asian Development Bank Institute.

Roberts, H., & Li, M. (2017). Corporate governance in New Zealand. In A. N. Kostyuk, U. Braendle & V. Capizzi (Eds.), Corporate governance: New challenges and opportunities. (pp. 103-110). Sumy, Ukraine: Virtus.

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Journal - Research Article

Nguyen, D. T. T., Diaz-Rainey, I., Roberts, H., & Le, M. (2021). Loans from my neighbours: East Asian commercial banks, financial integration, and bank default risk. International Review of Financial Analysis, 74, 101659. doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2021.101659

Anderson, W., Bhattacharyya, N., Morrill, C., & Roberts, H. (2020). Dividend payout and executive compensation: Theory and evidence from New Zealand. Accounting & Finance, 60, 1007-1022. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12399

Lont, D. H., Ranasinghe, D., & Roberts, H. (2020). Non-GAAP disclosures and CEO pay levels. International Journal of Accounting. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1142/S109440602050016X

Huang, J., Roberts, H., & Tan, E. K. M. (2020). The media and CEO dominance. International Review of Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12338

Regasa, D., Fielding, D., & Roberts, H. (2020). Contestable credit markets and household welfare: Panel data evidence from Ethiopia. Journal of Development Studies, 1-18. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00220388.2020.1826447

Richards, D. W., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2020). Female financial advisors: Where art thou? Australian Journal of Management, 45(4), 624-644. doi: 10.1177/0312896219896389

Regasa, D., Fielding, D., & Roberts, H. (2020). Sources of financing and firm growth: Evidence from Ethiopia. Journal of African Economies, 29(1), 26-45. doi: 10.1093/jae/ejz012

Brown, K., Connelly, S., Lovelock, B., Mainvil, L., Mather, D., Roberts, H., Skeaff, S., & Shephard, K. (2019). Do we teach our students to share and to care? Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 24(4), 462-481. doi: 10.1080/13596748.2019.1654693

Kuruppuarachchi, D., Premachandra, I. M., & Roberts, H. (2019). A novel market efficiency index for energy futures and their term structure risk premiums. Energy Economics, 77, 23-33. doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.09.010

Noviarini, J., Coleman, A., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2019). Housing liquidation and financial adequacy of retirees in New Zealand. Housing Studies, 34(9), 1543-1580. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1585522

Biswas, P. K., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2019). The impact of family vs non-family governance contingencies on CSR reporting in Bangladesh. Management Decision, 57(10), 2758-2781. doi: 10.1108/MD-11-2017-1072

Li, M., & Roberts, H. (2018). CEO board membership: Implications for firm value. Pacific Accounting Review, 30(3), 352-370. doi: 10.1108/PAR-05-2017-0037

Tadele, H., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2018). Microfinance institutions' website accessibility. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 50, 279-293. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2016.10.003

Li, M., & Roberts, H. (2018). Does mandated independence improve firm performance? Evidence from New Zealand. Pacific Accounting Review, 30(1), 92-109. doi: 10.1108/PAR-01-2017-0004

Tadele, H., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2018). Transparency and microfinance institutions' risk in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Corporate Governance, 9(2), 201-226.

Tadele, H., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2018). Microfinance institutions’ transparency in Sub-Saharan Africa. Applied Economics, 50(14), 1601-1616. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1368993

Diaz-Rainey, I., Roberts, H., & Lont, D. H. (2017). Crude inventory accounting and speculation in the physical oil market. Energy Economics, 66, 508-522. doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2017.03.029

Li, M., & Roberts, H. (2017). Director and CEO pay reciprocity and CEO board membership. Journal of Economics & Business, 91, 54-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jeconbus.2017.10.002

Roberts, H., Diaz-Rainey, I., & Genc, M. (2017). Educational performance, ‘clicker’ engagement and ethnicity: Evidence from Finance 101. Journal of Financial Education, 43(2), 201-222.

Srivastava, S., Lin, H., Premachandra, I. M., & Roberts, H. (2016). Global risk spillover and the predictability of sovereign CDS spread: International evidence. International Review of Economics & Finance, 41, 371-390. doi: 10.1016/j.iref.2015.10.047

Tajaddini, R., Crack, T. F., & Roberts, H. (2015). Price and earnings momentum, transaction costs, and an innovative practitioner technique. International Review of Finance, 15(4), 555-597. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12065

Crack, T. F., & Roberts, H. (2015). Credit cards, excess debt, and the time value of money: The parable of the debt banana. Journal of Financial Education, 41(1), 117-137.

Crack, T. F., & Roberts, H. (2015). Credit card balances and repayment under competing minimum payment regimes. Review of Quantitative Finance & Accounting, 45(4), 785-801. doi: 10.1007/s11156-014-0455-3

Low, D. C. M., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2015). Board gender diversity and firm performance: Empirical evidence from Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 35, 381-401. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2015.02.008

Boyle, G., & Roberts, H. (2012). CEO presence on the compensation committee: A puzzle. Journal of Economics & Business, 70, 16-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jeconbus.2012.08.002

Boyle, G., Clyne, S., & Roberts, H. (2006). Valuing employee stock options: Implications for the implementation of NZ IFRS 2+. Pacific Accounting Review, 18(1), 3-20.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Diaz-Rainey, I., Roberts, H., & Lont, D. (2016). Can accounting inventory data shed light on physical oil market speculation? IAEE Energy Forum, (Bergen Spec. Iss.), 23-24.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Richards, D., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. (2019). Female financial advisers: Where art thou? Proceedings of the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.afaanzconference.com

Huang, J., Roberts, H., & Tan, E. K. M. (2018). Media tone and CEO human capital. Proceedings of the Auckland Centre for Financial Research 8th New Zealand Finance Meeting (NZFM). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Centre for Financial Research. Retrieved from https://acfr.aut.ac.nz

Noviarini, J., Roberts, H., Coleman, A., & Whiting, R. H. (2017). Financial adequacy in retirement: The role of asset liquidity in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). Retrieved from https://www.cepar.edu.au/news-events/events/25th-colloquium-superannuation-researchers

McCarten, M., Diaz-Rainey, I., & Roberts, H. (2016). Lobbying and securities class actions pre- and post-SOX. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2016/schedule/

Li, M., & Roberts, H. (2015). CEO board membership: Evidence from NZ data. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2015/colloquium/

Roberts, H., & Diaz-Rainey, I. (2015). Educational performance, ‘clicker’ engagement and ethnicity: Evidence from Finance 101. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2015/colloquium/

Borthwick, A., & Roberts, H. (2015). The effect of NZX 2003 regulated corporate governance. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2015/colloquium/

Rahmaniani, M., Zhang, J. E., & Roberts, H. (2015). Modeling the dynamics of correlations among international equity volatility indices. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2015/colloquium/

Low, D. C. M., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2014). Board diversity and firm performance: Empirical evidence from Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Proceedings of the 5th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference (FMCGC). Retrieved from http://ssrn.com/abstract=2364225

Crack, T. F., & Roberts, H. (2013). Credit cards, excess debt, and the time value of money: The parable of the debt banana. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2013/programme/

Struthers, S., & Roberts, H. (2013). Director effectiveness and firm performance before and after the adoption of the NZX corporate governance best practice code. Proceedings of the New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2013/programme/

Roberts, H., & Tompkins, N. E. (2011). Agency theory, corporate governance, and dividend payout in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 15th New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2011/programme.html

Darby, Z., & Roberts, H. (2010). The effectiveness of board ownership structures in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 14th New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2010/programme.html

Boyle, G., & Roberts, H. (2009). Go along to get along? Pay-performance sensitivity and CEO membership of the compensation committee. Proceedings of the 13th New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2009/programme.html

Boyle, G., Clyne, S., & Roberts, H. (2006). How much do employee stock options really cost? Proceedings of the 10th Annual New Zealand Finance Colloquium. Retrieved from http://www.nzfc.ac.nz/archives/2006/Schedule_HelpDesk.htm

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Diaz-Rainey, I., Gehricke, S., Roberts, H., & Zhang, R. (2019). Trump vs. Paris: The impact of climate policy and climate risk on US listed oil and gas firm valuation. Proceedings of the 13th Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) and Otago Climate Change Network (OCCENT) Energy & Climate Change Symposium. (pp. 11). Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc

Shephard, K., Roberts, H., & Skeaff, S. (2018). Do we teach our students to care and share? [Panel discussion]. Proceedings of the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) Symposium: Celebrating Higher Education. (pp. 3). Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/hedc

Lont, D. H., Ranasinghe, D., & Roberts, H. (2017). CEO compensation and non-GAAP disclosures. Proceedings of the 8th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance (FMCG) Conference. Retrieved from https://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacl

Biswas, P. K., Roberts, H., & Whiting, R. H. (2017). CSR reporting in Bangladesh: The introduction of Corporate Governance Guidelines. Proceedings of the 8th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance (FMCG) Conference. Retrieved from https://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacl

Adler, R., Crombie, N., Dixon, K., & Roberts, H. (2016). Lecturing proficiency and effectiveness of New Zealand accounting and finance academics. Proceedings of the Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting of the American Accounting Association. Retrieved from http://aaahq.org/Meetings/2016/Mid-Atlantic-Region

Diaz-Rainey, I., Roberts, H., & Lont, D. (2016). Crude inventory accounting and speculation in the physical oil market [Extended abstract]. Proceedings of the 39th International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.iaee2016nhh.no/

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