The 2016 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting

Keynote Speaker

Professor Robert Bushman

Robert Bushman

Accounting professor Robert Bushman's research investigates the roles played by accounting information in corporate governance, managerial compensation, debt-contracting and bank regulation. His research has been extensively published in leading academic journals and has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, and presented at invited seminars at universities around the world.Dr. Bushman is The Forensic Accounting Distinguished Professor and an award-winning teacher, having been recognized for both MBA and PhD teaching. He teaches MBA courses in structuring complex deals, financial management of healthcare organizations, and the use of information for strategy, decision-making and incentives. He has served on many doctoral committees for PhD students who have been placed at Chicago Booth, Columbia, Berkeley, Duke, Wharton, Michigan, Georgetown, Rochester, Virginia and Washington University in St. Louis, among others. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and BBA in accounting from Ohio University.

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Editors Panel

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle Hanlon is the Howard W. Johnson Professor and a Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management.Hanlon teaches a course on taxes and business strategy and she also often teaches an introductory financial accounting course. Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of taxation and financial accounting. Hanlon’s recent work examines the capital market and reputational effects of corporate tax avoidance, the economic consequences of U.S. international tax policies for multinational corporations, the effect of individual level taxes on corporate payout policy, and the extent of individual-level offshore tax evasion. She is an editor at one of the leading accounting research journals. She has won several awards for her research and is the winner of the 2013 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Sloan.She has co-authored two textbooks: Financial Accounting (Cambridge Business Publishers) and Taxes and Business Strategy (Pearson Education, Inc.). Hanlon has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means regarding U.S. tax policy. She recently worked as an Academic Fellow for the U.S. House Ways and Means (majority) tax staff. Professor Hanlon holds a BBA from Eastern Illinois University, an MAcc in taxation from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a PhD in accounting from the University of Washington.

Mingyi Hung

Mingyi Hung

Mingyi Hung studies the role of accounting information in global markets. Her research has been published in top-tier journals such as Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, and Review of Financial Studies. She serves as an editor of The Accounting Review and is a recipient of numerous research awards, including the Journal of Accounting & Economics Best Paper prize. Her research has been featured in media such as The Economist and Financial Times. She has also received several awards and recognitions for both MBA and undergraduate teaching.

 

S.P. Kothari

S.P. Kothari

S.P. Kothari is the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Sloan School of Management. Previously, he served as global head of equity research for Barclays Global Investors (BGI), responsible for research supporting BGI’s active equity strategies, from 2008-09. The actively managed equity portfolio had in excess of $100 billion in assets, and the research team was comprised of approximately 50 PhDs based in San Francisco, London, and Sydney. Earlier, Kothari was Head of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management. This department included approximately 75 professors and lecturers and an administrative staff. Kothari’s highly cited research focuses on financial reporting and valuation, asset allocation, explaining the diversity in international accounting practices, use of employee stock options for compensating executives and accounting for stock options, evaluating investment performance, and corporate uses of derivatives for hedging and speculation. The American Accounting Association (AAA) honored his work with the 2014 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award. For the past 17 years, Kothari has served as an editor of the Journal of Accounting & Economics, a world-renowned academic research journal in accounting. He is an expert on economic policy issues in India and has written numerous opinion-page editorials in The Economic Times. Kothari has frequently served as a senior consultant with Charles River Associates, a business-economics and litigation-support consulting firm. He has consulted with many large corporations, including leading U.S. and international banks and asset management companies, Australian television broadcast corporations, U.S. steel companies, E&Y, KPMG, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Kothari served on the Board of VVisions from 1998-2004 and is currently on the Board of FIA Global. Kothari received his BE (Hons.) from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He has also received an honorary doctorate, Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Technology, Sydney, in May 2013, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in 2013.

Joanna Wu

Joanna Wu

Professor Wu’s research spans the areas of international financial reporting, the behavior of financial analysts, management compensation, voluntary disclosure, and mutual fund performance. Her work has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting Research, and The Accounting Review, among others. She has been named to the Simon School Dean’s Teaching Honor Roll numerous times. Professor Wu is an editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics. Her teaching interests include corporate financial reporting, while her research interests include international financial reporting, the behavior of financial analysts, management compensation, voluntary disclosure and mutual fund performance.

Doctoral Consortium

The next MIT Asia Conference in Accounting Doctoral Consortium will be held on July 10, 2016 in Xiamen, China. The aim of the Consortium is to improve the quality of future accounting research by providing an opportunity for doctoral students in accounting from Asia and other areas to examine and discuss different accounting issues with a distinguished international faculty. Overviews of the current state of the accounting research will be included in the program of the Consortium. Students will also participate in social events to interact informally with each other and the faculty.

Nominations are by invitations only. Nomination submissions will be available soon. For more information regarding the Consortium and nominations, please contact Jackie Donnelly.

Doctoral Consortium Speakers

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle Hanlon is the Howard W. Johnson Professor and a Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Hanlon teaches a course on taxes and business strategy and she also often teaches an introductory financial accounting course. Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of taxation and financial accounting. Hanlon’s recent work examines the capital market and reputational effects of corporate tax avoidance, the economic consequences of U.S. international tax policies for multinational corporations, the effect of individual level taxes on corporate payout policy, and the extent of individual-level offshore tax evasion. She is an editor at one of the leading accounting research journals. She has won several awards for her research and is the winner of the 2013 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Sloan.

She has co-authored two textbooks: Financial Accounting (Cambridge Business Publishers) and Taxes and Business Strategy (Pearson Education, Inc.).

Hanlon has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means regarding U.S. tax policy. She recently worked as an Academic Fellow for the U.S. House Ways and Means (majority) tax staff.

Professor Hanlon holds a BBA from Eastern Illinois University, an MAcc in taxation from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a PhD in accounting from the University of Washington.

 
 

Rodrigo Verdi

Rodrigo Verdi

Rodrigo Verdi is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Verdi has broad interest in capital markets research in accounting and finance. His past research investigates the economic consequences of financial reporting quality to investment efficiency and to the cost of capital. He also has studied the interaction between accounting information, voluntary disclosure, and market efficiency. Overall, Verdi’s research provides insights into the role of accounting information in corporate finance decisions and in capital markets behavior.

Verdi holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.