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Accounting

The accounting area is preeminent in research and teaching related to the dissemination and use of information in markets and within firms.

Faculty affiliated with the area are worldwide leaders in scholarship and in their contributions to accounting pedagogy. They also help shape accounting practices in the United States and elsewhere as a result of their influence in the standard-setting process.

Research by the accounting faculty draws on economics, finance, and statistics and employs analytical and empirical methodologies to study issues such as:

  • The pricing of securities in capital markets, with a focus on the role of financial reporting and information intermediaries.
  • The design of performance measurement and incentive systems.
  • Best practices in corporate governance and executive compensation.

Faculty in the area teach in the MBA, Stanford MSx, Executive Education, and PhD programs, with courses focusing on two broad areas: financial reporting and management control. Beyond the core MBA classes, a wide variety of electives cover topics in global financial reporting, financial statement analysis, and accounting-based valuation techniques.

Recent Journal Articles in Accounting

Initial Evidence on the Market Impact of the XBRL Mandate

Reputation Repair after a Serious Restatement (Forthcoming)

Relevance of Differences between Net Income based on IFRS and Domestic Standards for European Firms

Distilling the reserve for uncertain tax positions: the revealing case of black liquor

Conservatism Correction for the Market-to-Book Ratio and Tobin's q

Determinants of Regional Sport Network Television Ratings in MLB, NBA, and NHL

Knowledge, Compensation, and Firm Value: An Empirical Analysis of Firm Communication

Market Volatility Risk and Risk Premiums at Earnings Announcements

Politicians and the IPO Decision: The impact of pending political promotions on IPO activity in China