Cherry Blossom Conference

About the Conference

The George Washington University School of Business is pleased to host the 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Conference on Friday, April 13th & Saturday, April 14th, 2018. The conference aims to bring together scholars in accounting research, broadly defined.

Past Topics Include:

 

  • Peer Benchmarking
  • Performance Measurement
  • Earnings Conference Calls
  • Executive Compensation

 

  • Credit Analysts’ Ratings
  • Information Asymmetry
  • And much more!

Our conference is held during the annual blooming of cherry blossoms, a nationally-renowned spectacle of natural beauty in the heart of Washington, DC.

2018 Conference Speakers

2018 Program & Participants

The 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Conference
April 13-14th, 2018 • Washington, DC

Day 1 Program • Friday, April 13th

12:00 p.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 150

Lunch & Greeting from the Department Chair, Robin Tarpley

1:00 p.m. ‐ 1:50 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

Jenny Zha Giedt, George Washington University
Why Are Firms Sold? Disentangling Target Motives and
Bidders’ Selection of Targets

2:10 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

Emanuel Zur, University of Maryland
Stargazing: The Effect of Superstar CEOs on Competitors’ Behavior

3:20 p.m. ‐ 4:10 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

Ayung Tseng, Indiana University
Asymmetrically Timely Response of Earnings to Industry Volume Shocks

4:30 p.m. ‐ 5:20 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

John Gallemore, University of Chicago
Tax Enforcement Externalities and the Banking Sector

6:00 p.m. ‐ 

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - DC
750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Reception and Dinner


Day 2 Program • Saturday, April 14th

8:30 a.m. ‐ 9:30 a.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 150

Breakfast

9:30 a.m. ‐ 10:20 a.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

Bradley Hendricks, University of North Carolina
The Revolving Door Between the PCAOB and Large Audit Firms

10:40 a.m. ‐ 11:30 a.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

Lindsey Gallo, University of Michigan
Is the U.S. Unique? International Evidence on the Aggregate Earnings-Returns Association

11:50 a.m. ‐ 12:40 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 152

Richard Sloan, University of Southern California
Fundamental Analysis Redux

12:40 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 150

Boxed Lunch

1:30 p.m. ‐ 2:30 p.m.

Optional Walk to Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial

 


2018 Conference Participants

JK Aier

George Mason University

Mona Almatouq

George Washington University (PhD Student)

Daniel Aobdia

Northwestern University

Salman Arif

University of Pennsylvania

Bill Baber

Georgetown University

Mary Billings

New York University

Xiangpei Chen

George Washington University (PhD Student)

Jenny Chu

University of Cambridge

Michael Dambra

University of Buffalo

Robin Tarpley

George Washington University

Yiwei Dou

New York University

John Gallemore

University of Chicago

Lindsey Gallo

University of Michigan

Menghai Gao

George Washington University (PhD Student)

Angela Gore

George Washington University 

Rebecca Hann

University of Maryland

Anne Heinrichs

Columbia University

Bradley Hendricks

University of North Carolina

Justin Hopkins

University of Virginia

John Xuefeng Jiang

Michigan State University

Bret Johnson

George Mason University

Christopher Jones

George Washington University

Sok-Hyon Kang

George Washington University

Jaewoo Kim

University of Rochester

Mindy (Hyo Jung) Kim

George Mason University

Michael Kimbrough

University of Maryland

Allison Koester

Georgetown University

Susan Kulp

George Washington University

Lian Fen Lee

Boston College

Hanna Lee

University of Maryland

Lihong Liang

Syracuse University

Frederick Lindahl

George Washington University

Joon Seok Moon

George Washington University (PhD Student)

Henry Na

George Washington University (PhD Student)

Jim Naughton

Northwestern University

Joseph Pacelli

Indiana University

Gerardo Perez Cavazos

Harvard Business School

Mikhail Pevzner

University of Baltimore

James Potepa

George Washington University

Rachna Prakash

University of Mississippi

Oded Rozenbaum

George Washington University

Mani Sethuraman

Cornell University

Atul Singh

George Washington University (PhD Student)

Richard Sloan

University of Southern California

Thomas Steffen

Yale University

Bill Stromsem

George Washington University

Ed Sul

George Washington University 

Christina Synn

University of North Carolina

Liang Tan

George Washington University

Xiaoli Tian

Georgetown University

Ayung Tseng

Indiana University

Xue Wang

Ohio State University

Annika Wang

University of Houston

Kyle Welch

George Washington University 

Yanfeng Xue

George Washington University 

Jenny Zha Giedt

George Washington University 

Yun Zhang

George Washington University 

Youli Zou

George Washington University 

Yuan Zou

Columbia University (PhD Student)

Emanuel Zur

University of Maryland

   

Register

 

Conference participation is by invitation only. Registration is now closed as we have reached maximum capacity for the conference.

 

 

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms from Thursday to Sunday at the Park Hyatt Washington, located 5 blocks from the School of Business. You may reserve your room online, or call and mention the GWU accounting conference to receive the discounted rate of $269 per night.

Park Hyatt Washington
1201 24th Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 789-1234

Getting Here

The nearest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), followed by Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore International Airport (BWI).

Depending on traffic, a Lyft/Uber/taxi ride to GWU will be 15 minutes from DCA, 40 minutes from IAD, and 55 minutes from BWI.

The University Parking Garage is located on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets.

The conference is held in Duquès Hall in the School of Business.

Public Transportation

From DCA

  • Take the Blue line (Metro) towards Largo Town Center.
  • Exit at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station.

From IAD


Conference Organizing Committee


2017 Program & Participants

The 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Conference
April 7-8th, 2017 • Washington, DC

Day 1 Program • Friday, April 7th

 

12:00 p.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 150

 

Lunch & Greeting from the Department Chair, Robin Tarpley

 

1:00 p.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Daniel Aobdia, Northwestern University
The Validity of Publicly Available Measures of Audit Quality. Evidence from the PCAOB Inspection Data

 

2:15 p.m. ‐ 3:15 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Zahn Bozanic, Ohio State University
Securities Law Expertise and Corporate Disclosure

 

3:30 p.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Kyle Welch, George Washington University
Corporate Culture and Financial Reporting Risk: Looking Through the Glassdoor

 

4:45 p.m. ‐ 5:45 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Rebecca Lester, Stanford University
The Effect of Repatriation Tax Costs on Internal Capital Markets and Firm Financing

 

6:30 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.
Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

 

Reception and Dinner


Day 2 Program • Saturday, April 8th

 

8:00 a.m. ‐ 9:00 a.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 150

 

Breakfast

 

9:00 a.m. ‐ 10:00 a.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Joseph Pacelli, Indiana University
Credit and Punishment: Career Incentives in Corporate Banking

 

10:15 a.m. ‐ 11:15 a.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Michael Dambra, University at Buffalo
Pre-IPO Trusts, Private Information, and Corporate Spillover

 

11:30 a.m. ‐ 12:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 151

 

Gerardo Perez Cavazos, Harvard Business School
Whistleblower Fraud Allegations and Customer Contracting

 

12:30 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 150

 

Lunch


2017 Conference Participants

 

Divya Anantharaman
Rutgers University

 

Hanna Lee
University of Maryland

 

Daniel Aobdia
Northwestern University

 

Lihong Liang
Syracuse University

 

William Baber
Georgetown University

 

Fred Lindahl
George Washington University

 

Amanda Beck 
Georgetown University

 

Ling Lisic 
George Mason University

 

Mary Billings 
New York University

 

Katie McDermott
Georgetown University

 

Terrence Blackburne 
University of Washington

 

Joon Seok Moon 
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Zahn Bozanic 
Ohio State University

 

Volkan Muslu 
University of Houston

 

Gerardo Perez Cavazos 
Harvard Business School

 

Hyun Jong Na 
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Long Chen 
George Mason University

 

Joseph Pacelli 
Indiana University

 

Xiangpei Chen 
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Reining Petacchi 
Georgetown University

 

Michael Dambra 
University at Buffalo

 

James Potepa 
George Washington University

 

Masako Darrough
Baruch College

 

Oded Rozenbaum 
George Washington University

 

Aiyesha Dey 
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; University of Minnesota

 

Edward Sul
University of North Carolina

 

Yiwei Dou 
New York University

 

Marion Sierra
Georgetown University (PhD Student)

 

Menghai Gao 
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Atul Singh 
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Angela Gore 
George Washington University

 

Thomas Steffen 
Yale University

 

Anne Heinrichs 
Columbia University

 

Liang Tan 
George Washington University

 

Danqi Hu
Northwestern University

 

Robin Tarpley
George Washington University

 

Zeqiong Huang 
Yale University

 

Ayung Tseng 
Indiana University

 

Bret Johnson 
George Mason University

 

Kyle Welch 
George Washington University

 

Chris Jones
George Washington University

 

Yanfeng Xue 
George Washington University

 

Sok-Hyon Kang
George Washington University

 

Hao Xue 
New York University

 

Michael Kimbrough 
University of Maryland

 

Jenny Zha Giedt 
George Washington University

 

Karen Kitching 
George Mason University

 

Jieying Zhang 
University of Texas at Dallas

 

Rebecca Lester 
Stanford University

 

Youli Zou 
George Washington University


 2016 Program Participants

The 4th Annual Cherry Blossom Conference
April 8-9th, 2016 • Washington, DC

Day 1 Program • Friday, April 8th

 

12:00 p.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 150

 

Lunch

 

1:00 p.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Dirk Black, Dartmouth College
Do First Impressions Last? The Impact of Initial Assessments and Subsequent Performance on Promotion Decisions

 

2:15 p.m. ‐ 3:15 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Terrance Blackburne, University of Washington
Perceived Accounting Quality and the Information Content of Prior Insider Trades

 

3:30 p.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Oded Rozenbaum, George Washington University
Do Information Releases Increase or Decrease Information Asymmetry? New Evidence from Analyst Forecast Announcements

 

4:45 p.m. ‐ 5:45 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Pepa Kraft, New York University
Qualitative Corporate Disclosure and Credit Analysts’ Soft Rating Adjustments

 

6:30 p.m. ‐ 7:30 p.m.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
750 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

 

Reception and Dinner


Day 2 Program • Saturday, April 9th

 

8:00 a.m. ‐ 9:00 a.m.
Duquès Hall Room 150

 

Breakfast

 

9:00 a.m. ‐ 10:00 a.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Anne Heinrichs, Columbia University
Who Consumes Firm Disclosures? Evidence from Earnings Conference Calls

 

10:15 a.m. ‐ 11:15 a.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Joshua Anderson, Boston University
Investors’ Response to Limited Disclosure in an Unregulated Market

 

11:30 a.m. ‐ 12:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 152

 

Atif Ellahie, University of Utah
Do Common Inherited Beliefs and Values Influence CEO Pay?

 

12:30 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall Room 150

 

Lunch

2016 Conference Participants

 

Divya Anantharaman
Rutgers University

 

Susan Kulp
George Washington University

 

Joshua Anderson
Boston University

 

Hanna Lee
University of Maryland

 

Bill Baber
Georgetown University

 

Lihong Liang
Georgetown University

 

Dirk Black
Dartmouth College

 

Ling Lei Lisic
George Mason University

 

Terrance Blackburne
University of Washington

 

Fred Lindahl
George Washington University

 

Vedran Capkum
HEC Paris

 

Joon-Seok Moon
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Carlos Corona
Carnegie Mellon University

 

Henry Na
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Yiwei Dou
New York University

 

Hang Pei
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Atif Ellahie
University of Utah

 

Spencer Pierce
Florida State University

 

Menghai Gao
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

James Potepa
George Washington University

 

Angela Gore
George Washington University

 

Oded Rozenbaum
George Washington University

 

Rebecca Hann
University of Maryland

 

Atul Singh
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Anne Heinrichs
Columbia University

 

Liang Tan
George Washington University

 

Bret Johnson
George Mason University

 

Robin Tarpley
George Washington University

 

Yuan Ji
George Washington University (PhD Student)

 

Kyle Welch
George Washington University

 

Christopher Jones
George Washington University

 

Yanfeng Xue
George Washington University

 

Sok-Hyon Kang
George Washington University

 

Jenny Zha Giedt
University of California, Berkeley

 

Michael Kimbrough
University of Maryland

 

Yun Zhang
George Washington University

 

Pepa Kraft
New York University

 

Emanuel Zur
University of Maryland