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Holly YANG

Full-time Faculty
Associate Professor of Accounting; Co-Director (Academic Research), School of Accountancy Research (SOAR)
School of Accountancy SOA

Dr. Holly Yang is currently the Co-Director of the School of Accountancy Research Centre and an Associate Professor of Accounting. She completed her graduate studies at Cornell University and taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining SMU. Her research focuses on the role of individual managers in corporate disclosure and determinants and consequences of firms’ voluntary disclosure decisions. She has published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Management Science, and Contemporary Accounting Research. She has taught courses on introductory and intermediate accounting at the University of Michigan, Cornell University, and the Wharton School. She currently teaches Accounting Thought and Governance and Financial Reporting in an IFRS World at SMU. Learn more about Holly at https://sites.google.com/site/holly0417phd/


PhD in Accounting, Cornell University, US
Master of Accounting, University of Michigan, US
BBA, National Taiwan University

Research Interests

Voluntary Disclosure
Capital Markets
Behavioral Finance

Teaching Interests

Financial Accounting
Corporate Reporting

Research/Co-Research Advisor to

REN Yusheng, SMU-ZJU DBA(A&F) (yusheng.ren.2021@dba.smu.edu.sg)
ZHU Feixiong, SMU-ZJU DBA(A&F) (fxzhu.2020@dba.smu.edu.sg)

Selected Recognition and Awards

Lee Kong Chian Fellowship for Research Excellence 2015-2018, 2020-present
Dean’s List for SOA Curriculum Contribution, 2019
SMU Faculty Contribution to Student Life Award, 2017
AAA Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Outstanding Service Award, 2016
SMU Most Promising Teacher Award Nominee, 2015
SMU Most Outstanding Newcomer Teaching Award, 2014
Global Initiatives Research Fund, The Wharton School, 2012
Dean’s Research Fund, The Wharton School, 2011 and 2013

Selected Appointments and Services

SMU Futures Thinking Group: Imagining SMU 2035, 2020
University Research Committee for SMU Internal Research Grants, 2019-present
Editorial Board Member for The Accounting Review, 2017-present
AAA/Deloitte Doctoral Consortium Faculty Committee, 2020
CAPANA Conference Program Committee 2018-present
MIT Asia Conference in Accounting Program Committee, 2014-18
AAA Annual Meeting Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Co-Coordinator, 2016
SMU School of Accountancy PhD Program Planning Committee, 2016
SMU School of Accountancy Research Workshop Coordinator, 2015-16

Research/Co-Research Advisor to

HUANG Ying-Chi, PhD in Accounting

Selected Publications

“Financial Reporting Changes and Internal Information Environment: Evidence from SFAS 142” with Qiang Cheng and Young Jun Cho, Review of Accounting Studies (2018), Vol. 23, pp. 347-383

“Mandatory Financial Reporting and Voluntary Disclosure: The Effect of Mandatory IFRS Adoption on Management Forecasts” with Xi Li, The Accounting Review (2016), Vol. 91, pp. 933-953

“CEO Overconfidence and Management Forecasting” with Paul Hribar, Contemporary Accounting Research (2016), Vol. 33, pp. 204-227

“Capital Market Consequences of Managers’ Voluntary Disclosure Styles” Journal of Accounting and Economics (2012), Vol. 53, pp. 167-184

“The Party’s Over: The Role of Earnings Guidance in Resolving Sentiment-Driven Overvaluation” with Nicholas Seybert, Management Science: Special Issue on Behavioral Economics and Finance (2012), Vol. 58, pp. 308-319

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