Najah Attig

Professor; Chair, Department of Finance

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Related Information

Phone: 902-494-7486
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Room 4126
6100 University Ave, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Empirical corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • ESG
  • Greenwashing
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Textual analysis


  • BA Finance (IHEC Carthage)
  • MBA Laval University
  • PhD Laval University

Research Interests

Dr. Attig’s research occurs at the interface between financial theory and practice, with particular focus on linkages between corporate governance, CSR/ESG and corporate policies. His research interests include investigating the determinants and economic implications of greenwashing and integrating machine learning and textual analysis to address finance and business ethics questions.

Selected Publications

  • Flying under the radar: The real effects of anonymous trading. Attig, N., El Ghoul, S. Journal of Corporate Finance, 71, 102092  (2021)
  • Dividend policy and economic policy uncertainty: A puzzle. Attig, N., Guedhami O., El Ghoul, S., Zheng, X. Journal of Corporate Finance, 66, 101785  (2021)
  • Organization capital and the cost of equity financing in medium-sized manufacturing firms. Attig, N., El Ghoul, S. Contemporary Accounting Research 35, 1616-1644  (2018)
  • The local roots of corporate social responsibility. Attig, N., Brockman, P. Journal of Business Ethics 142, 479-496  (2017)
  • Institutional investment horizon and investment–cash flow sensitivity. Attig, N., Cleary, S., El Ghoul, S., Guedhami, O. Journal of Banking and Finance 36, 1164-1180  (2012) A* - ABDC Journal Quality List.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2019 – Member (panel one) and vice-chair (full panel) of the international adjudication committee for the Open Research Area, a collaborative research funding initiative of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR; France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; Germany), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC; UK), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC; Canada).
  • 2019 – My paper “The global financial crisis, family control and dividend policy” (Financial Management, FM 2016) was selected from among ALL papers published in FM in the recent past on corporate governance and cited in the virtual issue of Financial Management titled “Monitoring Management”.
  • 2016 – Canada Research Chair in Finance (Tier 2), renewal.
  • 2007 – Barclays Global Investors Canada Research Award for Best Paper (twice).
  • 2005 – Toronto CFA Society Best Paper Award for Original Research on Canadian Capital Markets

Current Teaching

  • MGMT 3201 Financial Management
  • COMM 2203 Finance II