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Alastair Lawrence

Associate Professor
Haas Accounting Group
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Academic Status: On leave
Personal Homepage: http://www.alastairlawrence.net/
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)


PhD, Management (Accounting), Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
M.Acc, University of Waterloo
BA, Accounting, University of Waterloo

Positions Held


At Haas since 2011

2011 – 2017, Assistant Professor, Haas Accounting Group, Haas School of Business

2017 – present, Associate Professor, Haas Accounting Group, Haas School of Business

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Can Big 4 versus Non-Big 4 Differences in Audit-Quality Proxies Be Attributed To Client Characteristics?” (co-authored with Miguel Minutti-Meza and Ping Zhang) The Accounting Review, 86 (2011).
  • “Individual Investors and Financial Disclosure” Journal of Accounting & Economics, 56 (2013).
  • “Non-Discretionary Conservatism: Evidence and Implications” (co-authored with Richard Sloan and Yuan Sun) Journal of Accounting & Economics, 56 (2013). Presented at 2012 Journal of Accounting & Economics Conference. 
  • Discussion of “Implications of the integral approach and earnings management for alternative annual reporting periods” Review of Accounting Studies, 18 (2013)Discussed at the 2012 Review of Accounting Studies Conference.
  • “Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Evidence from Closed-End Funds” (co-authored with Jackie Siriviriyakul and Richard Sloan) The Accounting Review, 91 (2016).
  • “SEC Comment Letters and Insider Sales” (co-authored with Patricia Dechow and James Ryans) The Accounting Review, 91 (2016).
  • Why Are Losses Less Persistent Than Profits? Curtailments versus Conservatism” (co-authored with Richard Sloan and Yuan Sun) (2016). Forthcoming at Management Science.


  • MBA 223 and EWMBA 223—Corporate Financial Reporting

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