FARS Outstanding Discussion Award

Purpose: To recognize discussants that provide outstanding discussions of papers presented at the FARS Midyear Meeting.  An outstanding discussion is one that is clear, constructive, and civil; i.e. it provides valuable feedback for improving and understanding the contribution of the paper in a way that is understandable to the audience and not demeaning to the authors.

Nature of Award: There is no limit on the number of awards. The award will not be accompanied by any plaque or money.  The winners will be recognized publically at the following annual meeting luncheon.  The winners will also be encouraged to list this award on their CV as evidence of their outstanding discussion activities for the Section.

Process: After the meeting, the Best Midyear Meeting Paper committee will email all meeting attendees to ask for nominations.  The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2018.  The nomination would only have to include the discussant’s name and the name of the authors whose paper he or she discussed.  The committee will then ask for the discussants’ slides, and use these, along with the number of nominations, the source of the nominations (e.g., an author nominating his or her discussant for the award would get a lot of weight), and any first-person attendance at the discussion to determine the award winners.


Past Winners


Kris Allee, University of Arkansas
Brad Badertscher, University of Notre Dame
John Barrios, University of Chicago
Terrence Blackburne, University of Washington
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Stanford University
Jeff Burks, University of Notre Dame
Akash Chattopadhyay, University of Toronto
Michael Clement, The University of Texas at Austin
Aytekin Ertan, London Business School
Carlo Maria Gallimberti, Boston College
Cristi Gleason, University of Iowa
Michael Jung, New York University
Todd Kravet, University of Connecticut
Alina Lerman, Yale University
Maria Loumioti, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dawn Matsumoto, University of Washington
Karen Nelson, Texas Christian University
Paige Patrick, University of Washington
Darren Roulstone, The Ohio State University
Philip Shane, College of William and Mary
Andrew Sutherland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jacob Thornock, Brigham Young University


Jeffrey Doyle, Utah State University
David Erkens, University of Southern California
Lucile Faurel, Arizona State University
Susanna Gallani, Harvard University
Alastair Lawrence, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Minnis, University of Chicago
Edward Riedl, Boston University
Samuel Tan, University of California, Berkeley
Joshua White, Vanderbilt University
Gwen Yu, University of Michigan


President's Letter


Dear Visitors and FARS Members,

The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) is comprised of academics and practitioners from around the world who are interested in financial reporting and analysis. The membership is diverse. Our academic members conduct research on topics ranging from voluntary disclosure, standard setting, earnings management, and firm valuation. The research methods employed by our diverse membership also are quite varied, and include archival, experimental, survey, analytic, and case methodologies. The classes we teach consistent of introductory financial reporting, theoretical concepts of financial reporting, intermediate financial reporting, advanced financial reporting, and financial statement analysis. We are a section with breadth and depth. 


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Journal of Financial Reporting

The Journal of Financial Reporting (JFR) is the academic journal of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association. JFR’s target audience is financial reporting researchers. JFR will publish two regular issues each year. JFR will also occasionally publish themed issues dedicated to studies that launch a new question or move the literature forward in an existing area.

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Research Objectives:

  • A. to encourage, facilitate, and publicize research in financial accounting and reporting.
  • B. to communicate interests, intentions, and actual work-in-process in the area.
  • C. to identify areas in need of research.
  • D. to provide opportunities for public exposure of research results through AAA meetings (annual, regional, and special meetings devoted solely to financial accounting and reporting) and publications (including working papers and a separate journal for financial accounting and reporting, if warranted).