William H. Beaver

Professor Emeritus, Accounting

William H. Beaver

The Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, Emeritus

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William H. Beaver is widely recognized for his innovative research on how accounting information in corporate financial statements affects security prices. He was among the first to investigate financial ratios as predictors of business failure. His recent work has centered on public policy issues connected with government regulation of corporate financial disclosure.


Academic Degrees

  • MBA and PhD, University of Chicago, 1965
  • BBA, University of Notre Dame, 1962
  • CPA, 1969 (Illinois)

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1969
  • Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 1965-69

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business, PhD Student Program, 2004
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Sloan Student Program, 1999
  • AAA Outstanding Educator Award, American Accounting Association, 1990
  • Wildman Award for Outstanding Research, American Accounting Association, 1985
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Students, 1985


Journal Articles

Working Papers

Service to the Profession

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Review of Accounting Studies, 1969-present

Professional Associations

  • President, American Accounting Association, 1979-1981
  • Member, American Accounting Association, 1969-present
  • Member, American Institute of CPAs, 1969-present
  • Member, SEC Advisory Committee on Corporate Disclosure Policy, 1969-present

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