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Patricia Dechow

Patricia Dechow

Donald H. and Ruth F. Seiler Professor in Public Accounting
Haas Accounting Group
510-642-2708
Email: click on the envelope icon below for full email address
Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: by appointment F471
Personal Homepage: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/patricia_dechow/
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)

Education

Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honors, University of Western Australia
MS, Business Administration, W. E. Simon School of Business Administration, University of Rochester
PhD, Accounting and Finance, W. E. Simon School of Business Administration, University of Rochester


Positions Held

At Haas since 2006
2009 - present, Donald H. & Ruth F. Seiler Chair in Public Accounting
2007 - present, Donald H. & Ruth F. Seiler Professor in Public Accounting, Haas School of Business 2006 - 2007, Visiting Professor, Haas School of Business
2002 - 2007, The Carleton H. Griffin-Deloitte & Touche Collegiate Professor of Accounting, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
2004 - 2005, Director, Harry H. Jones Endowment Fund for Research on Earnings Quality, Ross School of Business, University Of Michigan 2004, Visiting Fellow, University of Western Australia 1999 - 2003, Professor of Accounting and Michael A Sakkinen Scholar, University of Michigan Business School
1997 - 1999, Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Michigan Business School
1992 - 1997, Anheuser-Busch Assistant Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


External Service and Assignments

  • Editorial Board, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting and Finance 

Current Research and Interests

  • Determinants of earnings quality
  • Detecting earnings management
  • Biases in analyst forecasts and their impact on equity valuation
  • The use of accounting information to predict stock returns  

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Do Managers Time Securitization Transactions for Their Accounting Benefits?”  with Catherine Shakespeare. The Accounting Review 84 (2009): 99-132.
  • “The Persistence and Pricing of the Cash Component of Earnings,” with Richard Sloan and Scott Richardson. Journal of Accounting Research 46, no. 3 (2008): 537-566.
  • “The Persistence of Earnings and Cash Flows and the Role of Special Items:  Implications for the Accrual Anomaly,” with Weili Ge. Review of Accounting Studies 11 (2006): 253-296.  
  • "The quality of accruals and earnings: The role of accrual estimation errors," with Ilia Dichev. The Accounting Review 77, Supplement (2002): 35-59. 

Teaching

  • Financial Information Analysis, MBA222 and EWMBA 222
  • Research in Financial Accounting, PhDBA 229

Honors and Awards

  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, PhD Program, 2006 - 2007
  • “The Persistence of Earnings and Cash Flows and the Role of Special Items:  Implications for the Accrual Anomaly,” with Weili Ge, awarded Prize for Best Paper Presented at the Review of Accounting Studies Conference, 2005



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