I have several research interests, though much of my research is in government contracting, political economy, and M&A. If you would like a copy of any of my papers, please feel free to contact me.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Huq, Tahsin I., M. Kabir Hassan, and Reza Houston. 2022. “The effects of firm political contributions on earmarks and subsequent firm performance.” Research in International Business and Finance 62.

  2. Ferris, Stephen P., Jan Hanousek, and Reza Houston. 2021. "Contractor default: Predictions, politics, and penalties in the procurement process." Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics.

  3. Hassan, M. Kabir, Houston, Reza, and Sydul Karim. 2021. “Courting Innovation: The Effects of Litigation Risk on Corporate Innovation.” Journal of Corporate Finance.

  4. Berns, John, Bick, Patty, Flugum, Ryan, and Reza Houston. 2021 “Do changes in MD&A section tone predict investment behavior?” Financial Review.

  5. Tran, Dung Viet, and Reza Houston. 2021. "The Effects of Policy Uncertainty on Bank Loan Loss Provisions." Economic Modelling.

  6. Azmi, Wajahat, M. Kabir Hassan, Reza Houston, and Mohammad Sydul Karim. 2021 "ESG activities and banking performance: International evidence from emerging economies." Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money 70.

  7. Andrews, Michelle, Houston, Reza, and Vamsi Kanuri. 2020. “Firms Behaving Badly: How Law-Trained Executives Affect Investor Reaction to Corporate Social IrresponsibilityBusiness and Society Review.

  8. Tran, Dung Viet, M. Kabir Hassan, and Reza Houston. 2019. “Discretionary Loan-loss Provision Behavior in the US Banking Industry.” Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting 1-41.

  9. Tran, Dung Viet, M. Kabir Hassan, and Reza Houston. "Activity strategies, information asymmetry, and bank opacity." Economic Modelling (2019).

  10. Tran, Dung Viet, M. Kabir Hassan, and Reza Houston. "How does listing status affect bank risk? The effects of crisis, market discipline and regulatory pressure on listed and unlisted BHCs." The North American Journal of Economics and Finance 49 (2019): 85-103.

  11. Ferris, Stephen P. and Reza Houston. 2019. “It’s a Sweetheart of a Deal: Political Connections and Federal ContractingFinancial Review 54.1: 57-84.

  12. Ferris, Stephen P., Houston, Reza, and David Javakhadze. 2016. “Friends in the right places: The effect of political connections on corporate merger activity.” Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol 41, pg. 81-102.

  13. Houston, Reza, and John Howe. 2015. “Earnings Management, Earnings Surprises, and Distressed Firms.” Accounting and Finance Research, Vol 5 No. 1, pg. 64-87.

  14. Ferris, Stephen P., and Reza Houston, 2015. “Does the Revolving door Swing Both Ways? The Value of Political Connections to U.S. Firms.” Managerial Finance, Vol 41 No. 10, pg. 1002-1030.

  15. Houston, Reza, and Stephen P. Ferris, 2015. "Corporate Political Connections and the IPO Process: The Benefits of Politically Connected Board Members and Managers." Advances in Financial Economics, Vol. 18, pg. 125-163.

  16. Balasubramanyan, Lakshmi, and Reza Houston. 2010. “Borrower-Lender Distance and its Impact on Small Business Lenders during the Financial Crisis.” Banks and Bank Systems 61-67.