Burton Accounting Conference

40th Columbia Burton Accounting Conference 

April 9 – 10, 2021

New York, NY

The 40th Burton Accounting conference, organized by the Columbia Business School, will be held virtually on April 9-10, 2021. Since 1981, the Accounting Division at Columbia Business School has hosted the annual Burton Conference in honor of Professor Sandy Burton who served as the Chief Accountant at the SEC, the Deputy Mayor of Finance in New York and as the dean of Columbia Business School.  Prof. Burton earned considerable respect for attempting to bridge the gap between accounting practice and academia. In keeping with that spirit, the conference aims to assemble an accomplished group of scholars and practitioners to discuss new research findings, ideas, methodologies and trends.

Day 1: Friday, April 9

Format (60 mins): Presentation (25 mins, uninterrupted) / Discussion (15 mins) / Q&As (20 mins)

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Welcome Address

Jonathan Glover (Columbia, Accounting Division Chair)

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Keynote Speech: “Law and Economics at the Securities and Exchange Commission”

Speaker: Robert J. Jackson Jr. (New York University)

Moderator: Shiva Rajgopal (Columbia University)

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Everlasting Fraud

Presenter: Vivian Fang (University of Minnesota)

Discussant: Anastasia Zakolyukina (University of Chicago)

Moderator: Sehwa Kim (Columbia University)

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Accounting for Owners’ Capital"

Presenter: Moritz Hiemann

Discussant: Hans Frimor (University of Southern Denmark)

Moderator: Thomas Bourveau (Columbia University)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Virtual Shareholder Meetings (Updated April 4, 2021)

Presenter: Roman Chychyla (University of Miami)

Discussant: Shiva Rajgopal (Columbia University)

Moderator: Lisa Liu (Columbia University)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Virtual Social Hour

Day 2: Saturday, April 10

Format (60 mins): Presentation (25 mins, uninterrupted) / Discussion (15 mins) / Q&As (20 mins)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Impact of Performance Reporting on Investment Behavior: Evidence from Disclosure Reform in the UK

Presenter: Gitae Park (Lancaster University)

Discussant: Hans Christensen (University of Chicago)

Moderator: Matthias Breuer (Columbia University)

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Accounting Uniformity, Comparability and Resource Allocation Efficiency

Presenter: Hyun Hwang (University of Texas at Austin)

Discussant: Phillip Stocken (Dartmouth College)

Moderator: Robert Stoumbos (Columbia University)

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Capital Market Incentives, Regulatory Chill, and Investor-State Arbitration”

Presenter: Lisa Liu (Columbia University)

Discussant: Mark Lang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Moderator: Wei Cai (Columbia University)

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm

Closing Remarks

TOPICS: Theoretical, empirical, and experimental studies that advance our understanding of topics in accounting.

For additional information, please contact the organizers at [email protected].