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2021 Public Interest Section Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to present our 2021 Public Interest Seciton best papers awards to the following recipients:

2021 Joint Midyear Meeting of the AIS and SET Sections
"An Examination of Employee Sensitivity to the Risk of Whistleblowing via Social Media"
Fangjun Xiao and Bernard Wong-On-Wing

2021 American Taxation Association Virtual Midyear Meeting
"Does Organized Labor Influence How Firms Use Tax Savings? Evidence from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017"
Jonathan Black and Thomas Godwin

2021 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference
"Fraud as a Systemic Phenomenon in the Kansas Bond Scandal of 1933"
Louella Moore

2021 Meeting of the Regions
[Western Region] - "The Efficiency of Corporate Social Responsibility Activities: Evidence from Targeted Poverty Alleviation Projects"
Ling Zhou, Xiaobei Huang, Yunling Song, and Lv Jianing

[Ohio Region] - "The Effect of Whistleblowing on Peer Firms' Conditional Conservatism"
Fuzhao Zhou

Alternative Accounting Research Network (AARN)

AARN is a global community of interdisciplinary accounting researchers with a commitment to independent, innovative and purposeful research that seeks to address contemporary social and environmental challenges. For more information, please vist: AARN 


Accounting and the Public Interest

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal takes the view that accounting is a social activity with far-ranging consequences for every citizen, welcoming innovation and eclecticism, alternative theories and methodologies, as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that the study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating them within a historical, social, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible

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Teaching resources on Sustainability and CSR 

(Learn who is teaching Sustainability and CSR, and read their recommendations regarding pedagogical materials!)

  • Irene Herremanns teaches courses in UC’s interdisciplinary degree program in Sustainable Energy Development. Her pedagogical specialties are in accounting, tourism, and environmental management and design.Irene recommends a teaching resource that resides on the UCalgary Blogs platform. It is entitled Sustainability Reports: Making Sense of Sustainability,* and it encompasses modules on: (1) Basics, (2) Sections, (3) Credibility, (4) Performance, and (5) Assurances. It also includes a Glossary of important terms.
  • Michael Kraten's sustainability teaching case "Save The Blue Frog" is now available at Michael has used this case in his graduate accounting program's capstone class and his undergraduate interdisciplinary colloquium on sustainability.

Letter from the Chair

First, let me say how delighted I am that I am finally assuming the position of chair for the Public Interest section after serving as chair-elect for the past two years. Of course, it is my luck that I assume the position in the middle of the worse pandemic that the world has experienced in 100 years. Oh, well. Such is life. Anyway, I would like to thank Mitch Stein who has done such an outstanding job the last two years as section chair. Mitch has set the bar very high and I hope that I can come close to matching it...

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