Elizabeth Blankespoor

Elizabeth   Blankespoor
Assistant Professor, Accounting
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ElizabethBlankespoor
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Academic Area: 
Accounting

Research Statement

Professor Elizabeth Blankespoor’s research broadly focuses on financial reporting and corporate disclosure. Within this area, her recent work examines the determinants of corporate disclosure and the role of information processing costs, the impact of changes in information technology on the flow of financial information, and the use of fair values in financial reporting.

Bio

Elizabeth Blankespoor joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in July 2012. Her research focuses on the determinants of financial reporting and corporate disclosure choice, as well as the implications of these choices for capital market participants, regulators, and the flow of financial information. Her recent work examines the role of information processing costs in firm disclosure choice, the impact of changes in information technology on financial information flow, and the use of fair values in financial reporting.

Professor Blankespoor received her PhD in Accounting from the University of Michigan. Prior to her graduate studies at the University of Michigan, she was a Senior Auditor with Ernst and Young in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also earned a BA in Accounting and Information Systems from Dordt College and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Utah.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Accounting, University of Michigan, 2012
  • MAcc in Accounting and Information Systems, University of Utah, 2007
  • BA in Accounting and Information Systems, Dordt College, 2003

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2012

Professional Experience

  • Senior Auditor, Ernst & Young, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2004-2006
  • CPA, State of California (Inactive), 2006

Awards and Honors

  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2016
  • R. Michael & Mary Shanahan Faculty Scholar for 2015-2016
  • MSx Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2015
  • Michelle R. Clayman Faculty Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2014-2015

Publications

Journal Articles

Elizabeth Blankespoor. Journal of Accounting Research (forthcoming). 2017.
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Brian P. Miller, Hal D. White. Review of Accounting Studies. 2014, Vol. 19, Issue 4.
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Gregory S. Miller, Hal D. White. The Accounting Review. 2014, Vol. 89, Issue 1, Pages 79-112.
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Thomas J. Linsmeier, Kathy Petroni, Catherine Shakespeare. The Accounting Review. 2013, Vol. 88, Issue 4, Pages 1143–1177 .

Working Papers

Robo-Journalism and Capital Markets | PDF
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Ed deHaan, Christina Zhu, November 72016

Teaching

Degree Courses

2016-17

This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of current financial reporting issues through a detailed analysis and comparison of U.S. and International Financial Reporting Standards. The course will cover the development of...

2015-16

This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of current financial reporting issues through a detailed analysis and comparison of U.S. and International Financial Reporting Standards. The course will cover the development of...

Stanford Case Studies

BP and Contingent Liabilities | A220
Elizabeth Blankespoor, C. Gregory Rogers, Jaclyn Foroughi2015
FedEx and Pension Accounting | A222
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Jaclyn Foroughi2015

Conferences, Talks, and Speaking Engagements

  • Video: How Twitter Can Improve Your Market Liquidity
    Elizabeth Blankespoor explains how smaller firms can use Twitter to deliver company news directly to investors, improve market liquidity and compete with bigger companies who have better access to traditional media outlets.

Insights by Stanford Business

February 2, 2017
Automation in the newsroom expands coverage of smaller firms and improves markets.
February 1, 2016
Stanford GSB professors share their reading list for topics related to impact.
July 21, 2015
New research shows that snap judgments of a CEO’s presentation style affect stock price.
April 1, 2013
Research suggests Twitter helps market liquidity of little-known companies.
March 21, 2013
Elizabeth Blankespoor explains how smaller firms can use Twitter to deliver company news directly to investors, improve market liquidity and compete with bigger companies.
February 20, 2013
New research finds support for valuing bank securities at current market value.

School News

June 1, 2016
Accounting professors Elizabeth Blankespoor and Ed deHaan, and Marketing Professor Harikesh Nair have been recognized by students for exceptional teaching.
June 13, 2015
Annual teaching awards honor exemplary contributions and student impact.
July 11, 2012
Award-winning economist Susan Athey, noted econometrician Guido Imbens, corporate finance expert Joshua Rauh, and others to join Stanford GSB faculty.