Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Dain Donelson joined the Tippie College of Business accounting faculty in 2020, after 13 years at the University of Texas. With advanced degrees in finance, accounting, and law, his unique expertise facilitates cross-disciplinary research that includes accounting regulation and liability, financial accounting, corporate governance, fraud, and securities law. His award-winning research has appeared in legal journals and accounting publications such as the Journal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Accounting ResearchThe Accounting Review. His research also frequently appears in the media, most recently in Forbes and on Harvard Law School’s Forum on Corporate Governance.

In a recently published study, Donelson found that investigative reporting of corporate wrongdoing is an important part of holding executives accountable. The study built on research by Tippie finance professor Erik Lie, whose research of corporate stock backdating led to legal actions by federal regulators and prosecutors, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series by the Wall Street Journal in 2007.

Donelson’s paper, “Does Media Coverage Cause Meritorious Shareholder Litigation? Evidence from the Stock Option Backdating Scandal,” was co-authored by Antonis Kartapanis and Christopher Yust of Texas A&M University. It was published in the Journal of Law and Economics.