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Yun Zhang

Associate Professor of Accountancy

  • Department: Accountancy
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  • Phone: (202) 994-7532
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  • Office: Funger Hall, 601C 2201 G St. NW Washington, DC 20052
View Curriculum Vitae
  • BA, Renmin University of China, 1998
  • MA, Yale University, 2002
  • M.Phil, Yale University, 2002
  • PhD, Yale University, 2004


Before joining GWSB, Zhang was an assistant professor of accounting at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. His research interests cover analytical accounting research, agency theory and information uses in capital markets. He has published in the Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting research, and Review of Accounting Studies. He has been an ad hoc reviewer for the Accounting review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Management Science, Production and Operations Management and Review of Accounting Studies.

Selected Publications

  • The Role of Biased Earnings Guidance in Creating a Healthy Tension Between Managers and Analysts (with Brian Mittendorf, The Accounting Review, Vol. 80, 1193-1209, 2005)
  • On the Relation between Conservatism in Accounting Standards and Incentives for Earnings Management (with Qi Chen and Thomas Hemmer, Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 45, 541-566, 2007)
  • Endogenous Accounting Bias When Decision Making and Control Interact (with Qi Chen and Brian Mittendorf, Contemporary Accounting Research, Vol. 27, 1063-1091, 2010)
  • On the Optimal Use of Loose Monitoring in Agencies (with Qi Chen and Thomas Hemmer, Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 16, 328-354, 2011)
  • The Effects of Public Information with Asymmetrically Informed Short-horizon Investors (with Qi Chen and Zeqiong Huang, Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 52, 635 669, 2014)
  • Uniform vs. Discretionary Regimes in Reporting Information with Unverifiable Precision and a Coordination Role (with Qi Chen, Katherine Schipper and Tracy R. Lewis, Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 55, 153-196, 2017)