William H. Beaver

William H. Beaver
Professor Emeritus, Accounting
Contact Info
WilliamH.Beaver
The Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, Emeritus
Academic Area: 
Accounting

Bio

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

Publications

Journal Articles

William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols, Zach Z. Wang. Review of Accounting Studies (forthcoming). 2017.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols, Richard Price. Journal of Accounting Literature. December 2016, Vol. 37, Pages 1-18.
William H. Beaver, Maria Correia, Maureen McNichols. Foundations and Trends in Accounting . January 2011, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Pages 99-173.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols, Karen K. Nelson. Review of Accounting Studies. 2007, Vol. 12, Issue 4, Pages 525-556.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols, Richard Price. Journal of Accounting and Economics. 2007, Vol. 43, Issue 2–3, Pages 341-368.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, John R.M. Hand, Wayne R. Landsman. Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance. October 2005, Vol. 20, Issue 4, Pages 311-345.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols, Jung-Wu Rhie. Review of Accounting Studies. March 2005, Vol. 10, Issue 1, Pages 93-122.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols, Karen K. Nelson. Journal of Accounting and Economics. August 2003, Vol. 35, Issue 3, Pages 347–376.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols. Review of Accounting Studies. June 2001, Vol. 6, Issue 2-3, Pages 197-220.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne R. Landsman. Journal of Accounting and Economics. 2001, Vol. 31, Issue 1–3, Pages 77–104.
William H. Beaver, Stephen G. Ryan. Journal of Accounting Research. 2000, Vol. 38, Issue 1, Pages 127-148.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, John R.M. Hand, Wayne R. Landsman. Review of Accounting Studies. December 1999, Vol. 4, Issue 3-4, Pages 205-229.
William H. Beaver, Maureen McNichols. Review of Accounting Studies. March 1998, Vol. 3, Issue 1-2, Pages 73-95.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne R. Landsman. Journal of Accounting and Economics. February 26, 1998, Vol. 25, Issue 1, Pages 1-34.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne R. Landsman. Journal of Accounting and Economics. February 1998, Vol. 25, Issue 1, Pages 1–34.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne R. Landsman. The Accounting Review. October 1996, Vol. 71, Issue 4, Pages 513-537.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne R. Landsman. Financial Analysts Journal. January 1993, Vol. 49, Issue 1, Pages 18-26.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne R. Landsman. Journal of Accounting and Economics. March 1992, Vol. 15, Issue 1, Pages 27–62.
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Mark A. Wolfson. Financial Analysts Journal. 1990, Vol. 46, Issue 3, Pages 53-60.
William H. Beaver, Carol Eger, Stephen Ryan, Mark A. Wolfson. Journal of Accounting Research. 1989, Vol. 27, Issue 2, Pages 157-178.
William H. Beaver, Joel S. Demski. Accounting Review. 1979, Vol. 54, Issue 1, Pages 38-46.
William H. Beaver. Journal of Accounting Research. 1966, Vol. 4, Issue Empirical Research in Accounting: Selected Studies, Pages 71-111.

Working Papers

A Re-examination of the Informational Role of Earnings Announcements
Maureen McNichols, William H. Beaver, Zach Wang, April 2017
Group Affiliation and Default Prediction | PDF
William H. Beaver, Stefano Cascino, Maria Correia, Maureen McNichols, February 2017
Bankruptcy in Groups | PDF
William H. Beaver, Stefano Cascino, Maria Correia, Maureen McNichols, December 2016
Differential Properties in the Ratings of Certified vs. Non-Certified Bond Rating Agencies
William H. Beaver, Catherine Shakespeare, Mark T. Soliman, June 2006
Value-Relevance of Banks' Fair Value Disclosures under SFAS 107
Mary E. Barth, William H. Beaver, Wayne Landsman1995

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

Insights by Stanford Business

October 6, 2015
It’s easier than ever to find up-to-the-minute data on companies. So why are investors in love with old-fashioned financial statements?
March 15, 2013
New research explores the value of financial and market data to ascertaining the likelihood of bankruptcy.
November 1, 2005
New research shows that financial ratios are still quite effective at predicting bankruptcy.
April 1, 2005
Certified agencies may "miss" based on short-term news, but they still serve their purpose for large institutional investors.

School News

May 1, 2004
Faculty were honored, respectively, by the PhD Student Association, MBA students, and students in the Sloan Masters Program.