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Pingyang Gao Honored by American Accounting Association


Pingyang Gao, an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, received the 2008 Competitive Manuscript Award from the American Accounting Association for his research “Disclosure Quality, Cost of Capital, and Investors’ Welfare.”

The award, presented at the association’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., recognizes outstanding research by members who have earned their PhD within the past five years. Gao received his PhD in 2008 from Yale University. He is scheduled to teach courses in financial accounting to students in the Chicago GSB Evening MBA Program and Weekend MBA Program beginning in January 2009.

Gao earlier received the Best Paper Award from the American Accounting Association’s Northeast Region for his research “Keynesian Beauty Contest, Accounting Disclosure, and Market Efficiency,” in 2007. The paper was published in the Journal of Accounting Research, September 2008. He also received a Deloitte & Touche Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in 2007.

In addition to disclosure regulation, Gao focuses his research on accounting standards setting, and the role of information in capital markets.

Gao is the author of two books published in China, Financial Statement Analysis for Non-Accountants, and Practical Accounting English.

Before earning his PhD, he received an MA in finance from Peking University and a BA in accounting from Renmin University of China, where he was named best debater in 1998.