Best Dissertation Award


The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section seeks to advance financial accounting and reporting research by recognizing and rewarding outstanding work of junior colleagues. Accordingly, a Best Dissertation Award is given each year to recognize the author of an outstanding financial accounting/reporting dissertation completed during the previous year. Submitted dissertations are judged by an Awards Committee appointed by the President of the Section. In selecting the award recipient, the Awards Committee considers the importance of the financial accounting/reporting issue, the quality of execution of the study, and the contribution of the research.

The Best Dissertation Award carries with it a $1,500 cash prize for the winner and an engraved plaque for both the winner and the dissertation chair. The winner is announced and recognized at the Section's meeting during the AAA Annual Meeting in year of the award.

Rules and Submission Procedures

The completed dissertation must have been defended during the most recently ended calendar year. The author of the dissertation must be a member of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section.

Authors wishing to be considered for the award should submit the following materials to the Awards Committee Chair NO LATER THAN March 1, 2018 for dissertations defended during 2017:

  1. A detailed dissertation abstract in WORD or PDF format, not to exceed 7 pages. The abstract should explain the research question addressed in the dissertation, the importance of the research, how the dissertation builds on prior work, samples, hypotheses, methodologies, and research results.
  2. A letter from the dissertation committee's chair (in Word or PDF format), not to exceed 2 pages, attesting that the completed dissertation was defended during the most recently ended calendar year. This letter may be in the form of a nomination and may include an assessment of the importance and quality of the work.
  3. The complete dissertation in PDF format.

The nominee's dissertation chair should submit the required materials as an email attachment by the deadline to the Chair of the Best Dissertation Award Committee:

Chair of the FARS Best Dissertation Award — Dawn Matsumoto (

FARS Best Dissertation Award Winners

 2018Ethan Rouen
Columbia University
Trevor Harris and Fabrizio Ferri, Co-chairs
Rethinking Measurement of Pay Disparity and its Relation to Firm Performance
Danqi Hu
University of Toronto
Ole-Kristian Hope, Chair

Brandon Gipper
University of Chicago
Christian Leuz, Chair
Does the Public Availability of Market Participants' Trading Data Affect Firm Disclosure? Evidence from Short Sellers.

The Economic Effects of Mandating Expanded Compensation Disclosures
2016 Andrew Sutherland
University of Chicago
Christian Leuz, Chair
The Economic Consequences of Borrower Information Sharing: Relationship Dynamics and Investment
2015 (Co-winners)
Jivas Chakravarthy
Emory University
Shivaram Rajgopal, Chair

Lindsey Gallo
University of Maryland
Rebecca Hann, Chair
The Ideological Homogenization of the FASB

The more we know about fundamentals, the less we agree on price? Evidence from earnings announcements
2014 (Co-winners)
Jeremy Michels
University of Colorado, Boulder
Bjorn Jorgensen, Chair

Youli Zou
University of Toronto
Ole-Kristian Hope, Chair
Essays on Disclosure

Strategic Entry Decisions, Accounting Signals, and Risk Management Disclosure
2013 Kristina M. Rennekamp
Cornell University
Robert Libby, Chair
The Complexity of Qualitative Accounting Disclosures: Managers' Choices and Investors' Reactions
2012 Anna Costello
University of Chicago
Douglas Skinner, Chair
Mitigating Incentive Conflicts in Inter-Firm Relationships: Evidence from Long-Term Supply Contracts
2011 Nemit Shroff
University of Michigan
Michelle Hanlon and Russell Lundholm,
Managerial Investment and Changes in GAAP: An Internal Consequence of External Reporting
2010 Reining Chen
Ohio State University
Anne Beatty, Chair
Information Asymmetry and Capital Structure: Evidence from Regulation FD
2009 Sarah L. C. Zechman
The Wharton School
Catherine Schrand, Chair
The Relation between Voluntary Disclosure and Financial Reporting: Evidence from Synthetic Leases
2008 (Co-winners)
Karthik Ramanna
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ross L. Watts, Chair

Ewa Sletten
Northwestern University
Thomas Lys, Chair
The Implications of Unverifiable Fair-Value Accounting: Evidence from the Political Economy of Goodwill Accounting

The Effect of Stock Price on Discretionary Disclosure
2007 Sharon Katz
Columbia University
Bjorn Jorgensen, Chair
Earnings Management and Conservatism in the Transition between Private and Public Ownership: The Role of Private Equity Sponsors
2006 Isabel Yanyan Wang University of Georgia

Linda Bamber, Chair
Private Earnings Guidance and Its Implications for Disclosure Regulation
2005 Yvonne Lu
Stanford University
William Beaver, Chair
Earnings Management and Securities Litigation
2004 Tzachi Zach
University of Rochester
Ross L. Watts, Chair
Inside the 'Accrual Anomaly'
2003 Michelle Hanlon
The University of Washington
Terry Shevlin, Chair
The Persistence and Pricing of Earnings,Accruals and Cash Flows when Firms Have Large Book-Tax Differences
2002 Stan Markov
University of Rochester
Ross L. Watts, Chair
Financial Analyst Stock Recommendations and Earnings Forecast Revisions
2000 Joseph D. Piotroski
University of Michigan
Russell J. Lundholm, Chair
The Impact of Discretionary Segment Reporting Behavior on Investor Beliefs and Stock Prices
1999 Hong Xie
University of Iowa
Dan Collins and Mort Pincus, co-Chairs
Are Discretionary Accruals Mispriced? A Reexamination

President's Letter

Dear Friends,

The mission of The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) of AAA is to provide a platform for our topical area and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of education, research and professional practice. This is accomplished through elevating and circulating outstanding teaching practices, facilitating the development and dissemination of research and providing opportunities for academics to engage with practitioners. Much of this activity is accomplished at the annual and midyear meetings.

It is an honor to serve as the 2018-2019 president of The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) of AAA. On behalf of my fellow officers, the steering committee and committee chairs, we hope that your interaction with the section this year leads to growth as a researcher and teacher. We warmly invite you to partner with us over the next year to execute the mission of the section. It is through section volunteers that FARS provides extraordinary service to our membership, the AAA, and the profession.

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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).