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 Publications in Accounting

David F. Larcker, Bradford Lynch, Brian Tayan, Daniel J. Taylor
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, June
2020

Investors rely on corporate disclosure to make informed decisions about the value of companies they invest in. The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to examine disclosure practices of companies...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, April
2020

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on board composition, quality, and turnover. It reviews the evidence of:

  • The appointment of outside CEOs as directors
  • The
  • ...
Stanford Closer Look|
David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, April
2020

There has been a broad push in recent years to increase diversity at the board and CEO levels of public corporations. Despite this effort, diversity on boards and in senior...

Stanford Closer Look|
David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, April
2020

Little is known about the process by which pre-IPO companies select independent, outside board members — directors unaffiliated with the company or its investors. Private companies are not required to...

Journal Article|
David F. Larcker, Edward M. Watts
Journal of Accounting and Economics. April
2020, Vol. 69, Issue 2–3

In this study, we investigate whether investors are willing to trade off wealth for societal benefits. We take advantage of unique institutional features of the municipal securities market to provide...