More questions from my PhD seminar

I know all my recent posts seem to be arising from my PhD seminar.  But hey, putting together materials for an introductory seminar makes one think about some basic research issues. One paper I assign is the Watts and Zimmerman excuses paper.  In case you are unfamiliar with the paper, I view it as presenting [...] Read more > >

The New ASU on Disclosure of Certain Loss Contingencies

On July 20, the FASB issued a new exposure draft of their proposed ASU concerning disclosures of litigation-related loss contingencies.  For anyone who may not have been following this issue over the past 2 years or so, the FASB first issued an exposure draft on June 5, 2008 which proposed enhanced disclosure regarding contingent losses stemming [...] Read more > >

Job Opportunity at the PCAOB

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is looking for a PhD student who would like to intern with the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) in the PCAOB’s Washington DC headquarters. This role will provide support to the quantitative economics group in ORA by assisting in studies and analyses conducted by the group.  This [...] Read more > >

Debt-to-Equity and Lease Renewal Options

To what extent do lenders or credit analysts care about lease renewal options? In the proposed lease accounting model, lessees will capitalize the longest lease term that is more likely than not to occur. This means that renewal periods that a lessee is not obligated to renew will be measured as part of the lease [...] Read more > >

A Plug for Panels at Next Week’s FARS Meeting

On Saturday January 23, I will be moderating a panel discussion entitled, “Practice-Relevant Researchable Accounting Issues: Practitioners’ Views.”  The panelists are John Hepp, Partner with Grant Thornton, Bob Laux, Senior Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting at Microsoft Corporation, and Scott Taub, managing director of Financial Reporting Advisors and former Deputy Chief Accountant of the [...] Read more > >

A Plug for Panels at Next Week's FARS Meeting

On Saturday January 23, I will be moderating a panel discussion entitled, “Practice-Relevant Researchable Accounting Issues: Practitioners’ Views.”  The panelists are John Hepp, Partner with Grant Thornton, Bob Laux, Senior Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting at Microsoft Corporation, and Scott Taub, managing director of Financial Reporting Advisors and former Deputy Chief Accountant of the [...] Read more > >

Articles on the interaction between research and standard setting

Jim Leisenring’s remarks at yesterday’s roundtable were great.  In the portion related to the interaction of research and standard setting, he reminded us of two papers in Accounting Horizons on the interaction: “Academic accounting research and the standard setting process” by Katherine Schipper and “Accounting research: On the relevance of research to practice” by Jim [...] Read more > >

Deontology and Consequentialism in Standard Setting

How often do we get to use big esoteric words from philosophy when we are talking about accounting standards?  Not often enough! Usually, the only philosophical terms we use are ‘normative’ and ‘positive,’ and I think many of us are pretty comfortable with the notion that standard setters are trying to answer normative questions (what [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion on Bridging Accounting Practice and Scholarship

On Tuesday, Nov 17th, 4 pm ET, we will be joined by Susan Krische (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).  Susan recently returned from an academic fellowship with the Office of the Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In light of her experience at the SEC, Susan will be leading a discussion on how [...] Read more > >

What Do Standard Setters Optimize?

It is the rare academic article that explicitly considers the objective function of the regulator.  William Bratton is a law professor from Georgetown who takes exactly this focus, and will joins us at the FASRI Roundtable on Wednesday, October 14th at 11am ET to lead us through the thicket of political pressures and machinations that [...] Read more > >