Simona Mola Yost
Assistant Director
Office of Corporate Finance

Education Summary

  • Ph.D. Finance, Bocconi University, 2001
  • B.S. Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude), Bocconi University, 1995

Fields of Interest

  • Financial analysts
  • Investment banking
  • Institutional investors
  • Ratings and rating agencies
Assistant Director
Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
2014–present
Financial Economist
Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
2012-2013
Assistant Professor of Finance
W.P. Carey School of Business
School of Global Management and Leadership
Arizona State University
2005-2012
Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance
Krannert Graduate School of Management
Purdue University
2004-2005
Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance
Smeal College of Business
Pennsylvania State University
2003-2004
Studio Fredella & Associati (Milan, Italy)
Certified Public Accountant, 2001-2003
Apprentice, 1996-1998
  • Simona Mola, Raghavendra Rau, and Ajay Khorana, Is There Life after the Complete Loss of Analyst Coverage?, 2013, The Accounting Review 88, 667-705.
  • Simona Mola, Framing the Initiation of Analyst Coverage on IPOs, 2013, Journal of Behavioral Finance 14, 25-41.
  • Simona Mola and Massimo Guidolin, Affiliated Mutual Funds and Analyst Optimism, 2009, Journal of Financial Economics 93, 108-137.
  • Simona Mola and Tim Loughran, Discounting and Clustering in Seasoned Equity Offering Prices, 2004, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 39, 1-23.
  • Laura Lindsey and Simona Mola, Analyst Competition and Monitoring: Earnings Management in Neglected Firms, RSFI Working Paper 2013-04.
  • Massimo Guidolin and Simona Mola, In Search of Stock-Picking Talent.

Conference Activities

Paper presentation and discussant, 2013 FMA Conference
Paper presentation, 2013 SFS Finance Cavalcade
Reviewer, 2013 Midwest Finance Association Conference
Reviewer, 2012 FMA Conference
Reviewer, 2011 FMA Conference
Discussant, 2010 FMA Conference
Paper presentation, 2010 Northern Finance Association Conference
Paper presentation (by co-author), 2010 "People & Money. The Human Factor in Financial Decision-Making" Conference at DePaul University
Paper presentation and discussant, 2010 FMA European Conference
Paper presentation, 2009 City University of Hong Kong International Conference on Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions
Paper presentation and discussant, 2009 EFMA Conference
Paper presentation, 2008 EFA Conference
Paper presentation, 2007 Third Fed New York/NYU Stern Conference
Paper presentation, 2007 FMA Conference
Paper presentation, 2007 WFA Conference
Paper presentation, 2007 EFMA Conference
Paper presentation and discussant, 2007 FMA European Conference
Discussant, 2006 FMA Conference
Paper presentation ("Outstanding Paper" Award), 2006 Southern Finance Association Conference
Paper presentation (by co-author), 2006 EFA Conference
Paper presentation, 2006 AFA Conference
Paper presentation and discussant, 2005 Southern Finance Association Conference
Paper presentation, 2005 FMA Conference
Paper presentation and discussant, 2005 EFMA Conference
Paper presentation ("Best Paper" Award) and discussant, 2005 FMA European Conference

University Presentations

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2012
University of Western Ontario, 2011
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2010
National Investor Relations Institute, 2009
Arizona State University, 2007
Arizona State University, 2006
Arizona State University, 2005
HEC Montréal, 2005
Washington State University, 2005
Purdue University, 2004
Pennsylvania State University, 2004