Faculty & Research

Hans B. Christensen

Associate Professor of Accounting

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5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Hans Christensen studies international accounting harmonization, mandatory IFRS adoption, and disclosure behavior. He was a researcher on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and at Wales's EU Studies in Financial Reporting. He was also an auditor with the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for four years where he audited financial statements prepared according to US-GAAP, IFRS, and varies national European accounting standards.

"During my work as an auditor, I observed how firms choose to account for similar events in very different ways, particularly when comparing them across countries," he said. "My research now focuses on why firms make these different choices and what the consequences are."

Christensen received a PhD Scholarship from the Institute of State Authorized Public Accountants in Denmark and the 2009 International Accounting Dissertation Award from the American Accounting Association International Accounting Section for his PhD dissertation. He has presented research at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Aarhus in Denmark, Columbia University, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and conferences organized by the American and European Accounting Associations.

Christensen earned a bachelor's degree with honors in business economics from the Anglia Business School in the United Kingdom in 2000. During his studies, he spent a semester at Marshall University in West Virginia. In 2003, he graduated with a master's degree from Aarhus School of Business at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. In 2008, he earned a PhD in accounting from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. Christensen joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008 and hopes that his students take away a basic understanding of accounting that allows them to read and understand financial reports.

Outside of academia, Christensen is preparing for the Chicago Marathon and enjoys traveling.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
30000 Financial Accounting 2014 (Fall)
30600 Workshop in Accounting Research 2014 (Fall)
30600 Workshop in Accounting Research 2015 (Winter)
30600 Workshop in Accounting Research 2015 (Spring)

Research Activities

International accounting harmonization; mandatory IFRS; disclosure behavior.