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Fourth Annual Purdue Accounting Theory Conference

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Purdue Accounting Theory Conference

The Accounting Faculty held the fourth annual Purdue Accounting Theory Conference on May 18 and 19, 2018.  The program included distinguished guest speakers from across the country.  Sri Sridharan of Northwestern examined The Economic Consequences of the Choice of Sequencing of Accounting and Real Earnings Management.  Chandra Kanodia of the University of Minnesota explained How to Recognize or Not to Recognize Assets when Future Benefits are Uncertain.

Hao Xue of New York University discussed Word of Mouth, Noise-driven Volatility, and Public Disclosure and Duke University’s Xu Jiang addressed The Economic Consequences of Discrete Recognition and Continuous Measurement.  The conference concluded with Purdue University’s own Rahul Menon, Assistant Professor of Management, presenting his paper titled Activist Short-termism vs. Managerial Myopia: Effect on Investment and Disclosure.

Over 50 faculty members and doctoral students attended the conference. Among the universities represented were New York University, UC San Diego, Columbia, Baruch College, George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Alberta, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, Willamette University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, University of Iowa, UCLA, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington, Yale, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Texas A&M University, University of Oregon, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the City University of Hong Kong.

According to Professor Mark Bagnoli, the Olson Chair in Management and conference co-coordinator, the goal of the conference is to provide accounting theorists, especially younger scholars, an opportunity to learn what other theorists are working on and to network and develop long-lasting working relationships with other researchers.

Professor Susan Watts, the Emanuel T. Weiler Chair in Management, and Associate Professor Lin Nan, co-coordinators of the conference, noted that conference participation continues to grow and that attendees indicate that it offers them wonderful opportunities to discuss their research and meet other researchers will similar interests.

The Purdue Accounting Faculty and the co-coordinators express deep appreciation to BKD LLP for providing financial support for the conference.

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