Dr Md Lutfur Rahman

Dr Md Lutfur Rahman

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary

Biography

Lutfur joined the Newcastle Business School as a Lecturer (Finance) in June 2019. Prior to this appointment, he served as a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the same School for two years. He also served as a full-time academic at the Department of Business Administration, East West University, Bangladesh. Lutfur has completed his PhD in 2016 from Newcastle Business School. He also holds an MBA in Finance and a BBA honors degree in Finance and Banking

Lutfur has been teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Corporate Finance, Applied Portfolio Management, Financial Institutions Risk Management, Financial Statement Analysis and Foundations of Business Analysis

Lutfur has published articles in Energy Economics, International Review of Economics and Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis, and Pacific Basin Finance Journal, among others. 

Lutfur's research interest includes return predictability, asset pricing, emerging equity markets, and corporate social responsibility and firm performance. He has expertise in using softwares like Eviews and R.

Lutfur is also serving as Database and Finance Lab Coordinator at Newcastle Business School


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Dhaka - Bangladesh
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Dhaka - Bangladesh

Keywords

  • Asset pricing
  • Investor sentiment and stock returns
  • Return predictability

Languages

  • Bengali (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150201 Finance 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Bhattacharyya A, Rahman ML, 'Mandatory CSR expenditure and stock return', Meditari Accountancy Research, (2020)

© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: India has mandated corporate social responsibility (CSR) expenditure under Section 135 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013 ¿ the first n... [more]

© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: India has mandated corporate social responsibility (CSR) expenditure under Section 135 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013 ¿ the first national jurisdiction to do so. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of mandated CSR expenditure on firms¿ stock returns by using actual CSR spending data, whereas the previous studies mostly focus on voluntary CSR proxied by CSR scores. Design/methodology/approach: The authors estimate their baseline regression by using ordinary least squares(OLS) method. Although the baseline regression involving CSR expenditure and stock returns using ordinary least squares method are estimated, endogeneity and reverse causality biases are addressed by using two-stage least squares and generalized method of moments approaches. These approaches contribute mitigating endogeneity bias and biases associated with unobserved heterogeneity and simultaneity. Findings: The findings document that mandatory CSR expenditure has a negative impact on firms¿ stock returns which supports the ¿shareholders¿ expense¿ view. This result remain robust after controlling for endogeneity bias and the use of both standard and robust test statistics. The authors however observe that this result holds for the firms with actual CSR expenditure equal to the mandated amount but does not hold for the firms with actual CSR expenditure greater than the mandated amount. Therefore, the authors provide evidence that CSR expenditure¿s impact on stock returns depends on whether firms simply comply the regulation or voluntarily chose an amount of CSR expenditure above the mandated amount. Originality/value: The primary contribution is to present a valid and robust evidence of negative effect of mandated CSR spending on firms¿ stock returns when the mandatory CSR spending rule is already in place. This study contributes by examining the impact of mandated CSR spending on stock during post-implementation period (2015-2017), whereas other studies by Dharampala and Khanna (2018); Kapoor and Dhamija (2017); and Mukherjee et al. (2018) mainly examined the impact of legislation on Indian CSR. The authors use mandated actual CSR expenditure, whereas previous studies mostly focus on voluntary CSR proxied by CSR scores.

DOI 10.1108/MEDAR-10-2019-0591
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2020 Bhattacharyya A, Rahman ML, 'Values, gender and attitudes towards environmental policy: A study of future managers', Business Strategy and the Environment, (2020)

© 2020 ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd This study explores if the value priorities and their impact on future managers' attitudes towards environmental respon... [more]

© 2020 ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd This study explores if the value priorities and their impact on future managers' attitudes towards environmental responsibilities vary with gender. While relevant prior studies mostly focus on gender-based variations of individuals' personal values in developed economies, we concentrate on both personal values and pro-environmental attitudes in an emerging economy. This study is built on MBA students (a proxy for future managers) in India since India is characterized as a male-dominated society and a producer of larger number of MBA graduates. Overall, our results show that personal values and attitude towards environmental responsibilities do not vary significantly with gender. Only two values (among the 21 values) and one value type (out of 10 values) get significantly higher ranking from females compared with males. Further, although ¿universalism¿ and ¿benevolence¿ are found to have a statistically significant impact on respondents' attitude towards environmental responsibility, the latter is invariant to the respondents' gender. Our findings may indicate India's transformation from a male-dominated society towards a more gender-balanced society. These findings can be used to operationalize a pro-environmental recruitment policy and to formulate strategies to improve female participation in MBA cohorts of business schools.

DOI 10.1002/bse.2517
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2019 Kim JH, Rahman ML, Shamsuddin A, 'Can energy prices predict stock returns? An extreme bounds analysis', ENERGY ECONOMICS, 81 822-834 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.05.029
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Abul Shamsuddin
2019 Bhattacharyya A, Wright S, Rahman ML, 'Is better banking performance associated with financial inclusion and mandated CSR expenditure in a developing country?', ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE, (2019)
DOI 10.1111/acfi.12560
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2019 Rahman ML, Shamsuddin A, Lee D, 'Predictive power of dividend yields and interest rates for stock returns in South Asia: Evidence from a bias-corrected estimator', International Review of Economics and Finance, 62 267-286 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Predictive models of stock returns are often criticized for generating spurious predictability, unstable predictive relationship, and poor out-of-sample forec... [more]

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Predictive models of stock returns are often criticized for generating spurious predictability, unstable predictive relationship, and poor out-of-sample forecasting performance. This paper addresses these issues in the context of four major South Asian equity markets. We provide a bias-corrected estimate of the relationship of future stock returns to dividend yield and interest rate. We use a restricted vector autoregressive model, draw statistical inferences from a wild-bootstrap method with superior size and power properties, and allow model parameters to vary over time. Dividend yield is a significant predictor in both in- and out-of-sample (OOS)in two countries, while interest rate exhibits significant predictability in all four markets. Imposing theoretically motivated restrictions on model parameters appears to improve OOS predictability. Finally, time-variation in return predictability is found to be linked to countercyclical risk premium and persistence of the predictor variables.

DOI 10.1016/j.iref.2019.04.010
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Doowon Lee, Abul Shamsuddin
2019 Bhattacharyya A, Rahman L, 'Mandatory CSR Expenditure and Firm Performance.', Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics., 15 1-17 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jcae.2019.100163
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2019 Uddin GS, Rahman ML, Hedström A, Ahmed A, 'Cross-quantilogram-based correlation and dependence between renewable energy stock and other asset classes', Energy Economics, 80 743-759 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. We study the cross-quantile dependence of renewable energy (RE) stock returns on aggregate stock returns, changes in oil and gold prices, and exchange rates. ... [more]

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. We study the cross-quantile dependence of renewable energy (RE) stock returns on aggregate stock returns, changes in oil and gold prices, and exchange rates. Applying a recently developed cross-quantilogram approach, we provide two novel findings. First, although prior studies show that RE stock returns have a positive dependence on changes in oil prices and in the aggregate stock index, we find that the relationship is not symmetric across quantiles and that this asymmetry is higher in longer lags. Second, while the extant literature provides evidence that exchange rates and gold returns exert a positive influence on aggregate stock returns, we report that this positive influence on RE stock returns is observed only during extreme market conditions. These results are robust, (i) even after controlling for economic policy and equity market uncertainties, as well as (ii) in both a time-static full sample and recursive subsamples.

DOI 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.02.014
Citations Scopus - 3
2019 Rahman ML, Shamsuddin A, 'Investor sentiment and the price-earnings ratio in the G7 stock markets', Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 55 46-62 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pacfin.2019.03.003
Co-authors Abul Shamsuddin
2018 Uddin GS, Rahman ML, Shahzad SJH, Rehman MU, 'Supply and demand driven oil price changes and their non-linear impact on precious metal returns: A Markov regime switching approach', Energy Economics, 73 108-121 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 Elsevier B.V. This paper examines the nonlinear effect of oil price shocks on precious metal returns using Markov regime switching regression. We use Ready's (2018) ap... [more]

© 2018 Elsevier B.V. This paper examines the nonlinear effect of oil price shocks on precious metal returns using Markov regime switching regression. We use Ready's (2018) approach to decompose oil price changes into supply, demand, and risk driven shocks. Results indicate a significant positive impact of demand and supply shocks and a negative impact of risk shocks on precious metal returns. Although we find evidence of switching between low and high volatility regimes, we do not find strong regime effect on supply or demand shocks' contemporaneous relationship with precious metal returns. However, risk shocks' influence on precious metal returns is strongly regime dependent. These results generally hold for different distributional specification of error terms.

DOI 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.05.024
Citations Scopus - 12
2018 Labidi C, Rahman ML, Hedström A, Uddin GS, Bekiros S, 'Quantile dependence between developed and emerging stock markets aftermath of the global financial crisis', International Review of Financial Analysis, 59 179-211 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 This paper examines the cross-quantile dependence between developed and emerging market stock returns and investigates its time-varying characteristics, using recursive sam... [more]

© 2018 This paper examines the cross-quantile dependence between developed and emerging market stock returns and investigates its time-varying characteristics, using recursive sample estimations. The results based on cross-quantilogram approach reveal a heterogeneous quantile relation for the USA, UK, German, and Japanese stock returns to those of the emerging markets. Systematic risk generally does not explain the cross-country dependence structure, since it remains essentially unchanged when controlling for financial, geopolitical, and economic uncertainties. Moreover, the cross-quantile correlation changes over time, especially in the low and high quantiles, indicating that it is prone to jumps and discontinuities, even in a seemingly stable dependence structure. These results are important for institutional investors and market observers.

DOI 10.1016/j.irfa.2018.08.005
Citations Scopus - 3
2017 Rahman MD, Lee D, Shamsuddin AFM, Shamsuddin A, 'Time-varying return predictability in South Asian equity markets', International Review of Economics & Finance, 48 179-200 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.iref.2016.12.004
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Doowon Lee, Abul Shamsuddin
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Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Uddin GS, Rahman ML, Hedström A, Sjo B, 'Systemic risk in the Scandinavian Banking sector', Stockholm School of Economics (2019)
2018 Rahman ML, Al Mamun M, 'Love the President: Approval Rating and Stock Return', La Trobe University (2018)
2018 Rahman ML, Al Mamun M, 'Portfolio returns and investor sentiment: Do market states matter?', Queen Mary University of London (2018)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $15,000

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20192 grants / $8,000

Newcastle Business School Research Grant$5,000

Funding body: Newcastle Business School The University of Newcastle

Funding body Newcastle Business School The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Md Lutfur Rahman

Scheme Newcastle Business School Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
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Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
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Newcastle Business School Teaching Grant$3,000

Funding body: Newcastle Business School The University of Newcastle

Funding body Newcastle Business School The University of Newcastle
Scheme Newcastle Business School Teaching Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20101 grants / $7,000

Investment Climate Research Grant$7,000

Funding body: Investment Climate Research Unit

Funding body Investment Climate Research Unit
Scheme Investment Climate Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
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Dr Md Lutfur Rahman

Positions

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email mdlutfur.rahman@newcastle.edu.au
Mobile 0470669788

Office

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Building New Space
Location Newcastle City

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