1st PhD and Young Accounting Scholars Conference 2021

Friday 8th October 2021

We are proud to host the 1st PhD and Young Accounting Scholars conference at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass Business School), which is organised jointly with the School of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol.

The conference aims to give final-year PhDs an opportunity to hone their presentation skills and receive feedback before the job market. Young Accounting Scholars are recent PhD graduates who have the opportunity to present their papers and receive feedback from discussants and the audience before journal submission.

The conference builds on the Young Accounting Scholars Network of top UK and European business schools.

Event signage "First PhD and Young Accounting Scholars Conference 2021", with out-of-focus group of attendees having a conversation in the background.

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08:30 - 08:55

Registration and light breakfast

08:55 - 09:00


PhD session 1 (Zoom), Chair: Zilu Shan, University of Bristol

09:00 - 09:30

Siqi Liu, Alliance Manchester Business School

Media reach, controversial industries, ESG performance and the market reaction to negative ESG media stories

09:30 - 10:00

Xiao Chen, University of Exeter

Does the market react to the textual properties of M&A press releases (PRs)?

10:00 - 10:30

Omar de Inés, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Audit materiality and cost of debt

10:30 - 11:00

Duy Tan Do, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Shareholder voting and disclosure in M&As

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee break

PhD session 2 (F2F), Chair: Ivana Raonic, Bayes Business School

11:15 - 11:45

Ronald Lui, University of Bristol

Fair Value Accounting and Debt Contracting: Further Evidence

11:45 - 12:15

Dhanya Krishna Kumar, Warwick Business School

The Influence of an Audit Partner’s First-Born Daughter on Audit Quality

12:15 - 12:45

Junzi Zhang, Bayes Business School

Regulatory Comment Letters in Mergers and Acquisitions: Evidence from China

12:45 - 13:15

Seamus Dufurrena, ESSEC

“I’m rubber, you’re glue”: How professional accountants cope with the stigma associated with their clients in the U.S. cannabis industry

13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Job market panel: Joe Choe, Xiaochi Ge and Mark Clatworthy

YAS session 1 (F2F), Chair: Art Kraft, Bayes Business School


Cristina Grande-Herrera, Bayes Business School

Discussant: Zhifang Zhang, Warwick Business School

Race to board independence: Evidence on strategic compliance with corporate governance regulation

15:00 - 16:40

Sarah Kroechert, Lancaster University

Do Financial Investment Decisions Affect Individuals' Non-Financial Decisions?

Discussant: Saipriya Kamath, London School of Economics and Political Science

15:40 - 16:20

Gerald Ward, Lancaster University

Who is Talking about Whom? Determinants and Consequences

Discussant: Dan Zhou, University of Reading

16:20 - 16:30

Coffee break

YAS session 2 (F2F), Chair: Xi Chen , University of Bristol

16:30 - 17:10

Facundo Mercado, Warwick Business School

Conditional Conservatism and Management Earnings Forecasts

Discussant: Gilad Livne, University of Bristol

17:10 - 17:50

Xucheng Shi,  ESSEC

Do Parent Firms Influence Proxy Advisors' Recommendations? Evidence from Shareholder Proposals

Discussant: Xi  ChenUniversity of Bristol

17:50 - 17:55

Thanks and depart


Pawell Bilinski
Prof Mark Clatworthy