This weekend is the JAE conference.  Even if you weren’t invited, you can download the papers from the conference website.   These will undoubtedly be highly cited papers, and form the basis for PhD seminars comprehensive exams for years to come…but they are LONG!

I am printing them out as I write this.  The six papers total nearly 1000 pages, with  Armstrong, Guay and Weber taking the prize with their 233 pages reviewing “The Role of Information and Financial Reporting In Corporate Governance and Contracting.”  Kothari, Ramanna and Skinner answer the question  “What Should GAAP Look Like?” in a sprightly 112 pages.

Naturally, I will be reading all of it before heading to MIT on Friday…expect some blog posts on the discussions next week.