Imdieke Paper Accepted at CAR

Author: Lorie Marsh

Andy Imdieke's paper "Does the Presence of an Internal Control Audit affect Firm Operational Efficiency?" was accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research. Congratulations, Andy!…

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Badertscher Paper accepted by JAE

Author: Lorie Marsh

Brad Badertscher's, Deloitte Professor of Accountancy, paper, Assurance Level Choice, CPA Fees, and Financial Reporting Benefits: Inferences from U.S. Private Firms has been accepted by the Journal of Accounting & Economics

Many U.S. private firms choose either a financial statement compilation or review rather than the higher assurance provided by an audit, yet little is known about these choices. Brad and co-authors find that assurance choices are associated with bank debt, trade credit and internal information reliability. They explore economic aspects of assurance choice and find that CPA fees more than double for each increment in assurance, yet the financial reporting benefits are similar for audits and reviews.…

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Watkins research shows interest rate sensitivity disclosures accurately predict changes in bank revenue resulting from interest rate shocks

Author: Lorie Marsh

Some banks say interest income sensitivity disclosures are useless. Jessica Watkins’ research shows otherwise. 

“We found that analyst forecasts were more accurate in projecting future net income when banks provided the disclosures, relative to banks that did not provide them,” Watkins said, “with the caveat that we can only assess the accuracy of the disclosure for the banks that provide them.” Because not all banks disclose their net income sensitivity, Watkins and her co-authors acknowledge the possibility of selection bias; perhaps the banks that choose to disclose are simply better at predicting the impact of interest rate shocks than the banks that don’t disclose. Although they attempted to control for this selection bias, Watkins admits their findings would be stronger if all banks were required to issue the disclosure. 

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Imdieke Quoted in WSJ's Morning Ledger

Author: Lorie Marsh

Andy Imdieke was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's Morning Ledger about his new research co-authored with Erik Beardsley that examines whether non-audit services to clients can help improve audit quality.…

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Beardsley and Imdieke Paper Featured in CFO Journal

Author: Lorie Marsh

Erik Beardsley's and Andy Imdike's working paper with Tom Omer, "Too Much of a Good Thing? Evidence of a Nonlinear Association Between Non-Audit Services and Audit Quality," was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal. Please see the article at https://cfo.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/d/49D3620DC31CA0962540EF23F30FEDED/0334350EAAFC5D3505AF428974F65BCD?alternativeLink=False. …

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Larocque work published in Management Science

Author: Lorie Marsh

Stephannie Larocque's latest research, “Filling in the GAAPs in Individual Analysts’ Street Earnings Forecasts” was accepted by Management Science. A short abstract is below:
Analysts’ street earnings forecasts are an important source of market information that are sometimes based on GAAP earnings and sometimes based on non-GAAP earnings. In their paper, “Filling in the GAAPs in individual analysts’ street earnings forecasts,” the researchers examine the implications of variation across analysts in the earnings metric they forecast (i.e., GAAP vs. non-GAAP) for the same firm/quarter. They find that differences in the earnings metric forecasted is an important source of variation that predicts not only a lower earnings surprise but also lower stock returns and a lower earnings response.…

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Greener Measures

Author: Lorie Marsh

Seven years ago, Laudato Si' called upon businesses to get serious about sustainability. Today Mendoza professors Sandra Vera-MuñozPeter Easton and Jessica McManus Warnell are putting the encyclical's words into action by showing what it takes to measure and manage environmental impact. 

To read the full article, visit http://bizmagazine.nd.edu/issues/2022/spring-2022/greener-measures/ and keep an eye on the CARE website for the details regarding the 2022 CARE Conference, Accountability in a Sustainable World or email Lorie Marsh at lmarsh1@nd.edu to be added to the mailing list.…

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2022 Faculty Awards

Author: Lorie Marsh

2022 Faculty Awards

We are pleased to recognize the following Mendoza Accountancy faculty members receiving 2022 teaching awards, and congratulate them on their teaching success:

UNIVERSITY AWARDS

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching honors faculty members who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching.

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Milani and Wittenbach Milestones

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in thanking accountancy professors Ken Milani and Jim Wittenbach for 50 years of service to the University. Ken and Jim have served the College across 10 deanships (eight different deans) and shaped the College through their love of teaching, scholarship and research, dedication to the community, wisdom and humor.…

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Vera-Munoz Wins Teaching Award

Author: Lorie Marsh

Sandra Vera-Munoz has received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations. They honor faculty members who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching, and, in particular, recognize professors who create environments that stimulate significant student learning, elevate students to a new level of intellectual engagement and foster students’ ability to express themselves effectively within their disciplines.…

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Larocque Wins FARS Award

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Stephannie Larocque, who won a Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) Outstanding Discussion Award for her discussion at the 2022 FARS Midyear Meeting held virtually in January. This award recognizes those individuals who provide outstanding discussions of papers presented at the FARS Midyear Meeting. An outstanding discussion is one that is clear, constructive, and civil. That is, it provides valuable feedback for improving and understanding the contribution of the paper in a way that is clear to the audience and not demeaning to the authors.

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Vera-Munoz Research Wins Award

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Sandra Vera~Munoz, whose paper, "Climate-Risk Materiality and Firm Risk," (forthcoming in Review of Accounting Studies) has won the 2022 Mendoza Mission Research Award. 

The annual award honors one or more Mendoza faculty members for a specific research publication that contributes to human flourishing in keeping with Mendoza’s imperative to Grow the Good in Business: to develop servant leadership that contributes to human flourishing, cooperates with solidarity and competes toward becoming the best version of ourselves, by the grace of God and with the help of others.

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Watkins 8-K Paper Accepted by TAR

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Jessie Watkins, whose paper, “Consequences of Prescribed Disclosure Timeliness: Evidence from Acceleration of the Form 8-K Filing Deadline,” has been accepted for publication at The Accounting Review

 Abstract:

I investigate capital market consequences of an increase in prescribed timeliness of firms’ mandatory disclosure of material events. Specifically, I examine an SEC regulatory change that accelerates the Form 8-K filing deadline and classify 8-Ks as likely to be constrained or unconstrained by the increase in prescribed timeliness. After the regulatory change, firms filing constrained 8-Ks exhibit increases in information asymmetry between investors and investor disagreement at the 8-K filing date relative to firms filing unconstrained 8-Ks. Moreover, the relative increases in information asymmetry and investor disagreement for firms filing constrained 8-Ks appear to be attributable to a decline in the length of and quantitative information included in 8-K disclosure. My findings shed light on the costs of a prescriptive approach to enhanced disclosure timeliness of ongoing disclosure.

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Tonia Murphy Invited to Write for Journal of Legal Studies Education

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Tonia Murphy, whose invited essay, "A Post-COVID Review of Classroom Practices," has been published in Volume 39 of the Journal of Legal Studies Education (Winter 2022).  

Abstract: In this essay, a long-time professor of Business Law recounts her experiences teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic forced reexamination of classroom practices and brought certain lasting changes to her classroom--most notably better use of technology and changes in attendance policies.  It also underscored the value of in-person instruction.  

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Vera-Munoz Paper Published in RAST

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join us in congratulating Professor Sandra Vera~Munoz, whose paper, “Climate Risk Materiality and Firm Risk", co-authored with Ella Mae Matsumura, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rachna Prakash, University of Mississippi, has been accepted for publication in Review of Accounting Studies

Abstract:…

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Larocque Paper Accepted for Publication in Management Science

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Stephannie Larocque, whose paper, “Filling in the GAAPs in Individual Analysts’ Street Earnings Forecasts,” with Brian Bratten and Teri Yohn, has been accepted for publication in Management Science. Here is the abstract:

 

Analysts’ street earnings forecasts are commonly used to evaluate firm performance and estimate firm value. These forecasts are sometimes based on GAAP earnings and sometimes based on non-GAAP earnings, which exclude various GAAP earnings components. Therefore, differences in analysts’ street earnings forecasts may capture not only differences in expected performance but also differences in the earnings metric forecasted. We find that differences across analysts in the earnings metric forecasted are pervasive and consequential. We hypothesize and find that analysts who forecast non-GAAP street earnings, rather than GAAP street earnings, issue 

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Burks presents work to SEC

Author: Lorie Marsh

Jeff Burks presented his new work, "Opaque Auditor Dismissal Disclosures: What Does Timing Reveal that Disclosures Do Not?," to the Securities and Exchange Commission.…

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New Research Examines The Audit Partner’s Contribution To Financial Reporting Quality

Author: Lorie Marsh

In a study titled "Audit Partner Tenure and Accounting Estimate Quality” Andy Imdieke and his co-authors examined 6,277 audited financial statements issued by banks between 2010 and 2019. Through a confidential source, the researchers obtained the name of the audit partner who led the audit and the number of years the partner served on the engagement. The focus of the study was the length of time in which the audit partner worked on the bank’s audit and the loan loss reserve that is estimated each year by the bank and evaluated by their auditor. The study is authored by Yadav Gopalan of Indiana University and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Andrew Imdieke from the University of Notre Dame, Joseph Schroeder of Indiana University, and Sarah Stuber from Texas A&M University.

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Burks Research Highlighted by WSJ

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Jeff Burks, whose Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (2021) article, "Opaque auditor dismissal disclosures: What does timing reveal that disclosures do not?," co-authored with our colleague and friend of the Department, Jennifer Sustersic Stevens (Ohio University), is featured in the Wall Street Journal at https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-companies-fire-their-auditors-timing-is-clue-to-future-trouble-11639391581

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Burks Paper Accepted by JAPP

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Jeff Burks, whose paper, “Opaque Auditor Dismissal Disclosures: What Does Timing Reveal that Disclosures Do Not?,” co-authored with our former colleague and friend of the Department, Jennifer Stevens, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy

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Recent Scholarly Achievements

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating John Donovan and Stephannie Larocque for their recent scholarly achievements:

 

John’s paper, "Private lenders’ use of analyst earnings forecasts when establishing debt covenant thresholds," coauthored with Jared Jennings (Washington University) and Andy Call (Arizona State University) has been accepted for publication at The Accounting Review

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2021 Teaching Award Recipients

Author: Lorie Marsh

Congratulations to the 2021 Teaching Faculty
 
2021 James Dincolo Outstanding Professor Award – Brian Levey
Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Michael Meyer
MSA Outstanding Professor Award – Keith Urtel
MNA Outstanding Professor Award – Ken Milani
MBA Outstanding Professor Award –

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New Faculty and Fon Farewells

Author: Lorie Marsh

The end of the 2020-2021 academic year saw us saying farewell to Asis Martinez-Jerez. Asis has joined the faculty of The Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Sam Ranzilla has joined the James Benjamin Department of Accounting – Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.

We want to welcome 
Tim Morrison

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White Paper Accepted by RAST

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Hal White, whose paper, “Private Disclosure and Myopia: Evidence from the JOBS Act” (coauthored with Kimball Chapman and Badryah Alhusaini) has been accepted for publication in the Review of Accounting Studies. Here is the abstract:

 In this paper, we examine whether a regulatory shift allowing more private firm disclosure leads to less myopia. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 permits a subset of firms to meet privately with potential investors in the months before an IPO, allowing them to provide information without proprietary cost concerns, leading to more complete disclosure. Consistent with a reduction in myopia, we find that these firms are less likely to manage earnings to beat short-term benchmarks, are punished less harshly by the market (via stock price declines) when they do miss the earnings benchmark, and provide fewer short-horizon forecasts. We also find that firm disclosures are less short-term focused, investors have longer holding periods than do those same investors in non-JOBS Act IPO firms and that these firms attract more long-term investors. Our results hold (i) across the subsample of firms for which other JOBS Act provisions were already present, and (ii) after controlling for those other provisions, consistent with private discussions acting as the primary mechanism. Our results are also strongest for firms with higher proprietary costs, consistent with private disclosure reducing myopia by reducing proprietary cost concerns. Collectively, this evidence suggests that when firms are able to privately disclose information to investors, both firms and investors become less myopic. 

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Milani & Rivera Receive IMA Certificate of Merit

Author: Lorie Marsh

Please join me in congratulating Ken Milani and Professor Emeritus Juan Rivera for being recognized with a Certificate of Merit by the Institute of Management Accountants for their article series, "Budgeting for International Operations," published in Strategic Finance, November 2020 through January 2021. Please see the citation in the attached bulletin. Congratulations, Ken and Juan!…

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