Christian Leuz is the Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow at the at the European Corporate Governance Institute, Wharton's Financial Institution Center, Goethe Universität Frankfurt's Center for Financial Studies, the CESifo Research Network and a member of the IGM's European Economic Experts Panel. He studies the role of disclosure and transparency in capital markets and other settings, the effects of regulation, international accounting as well as corporate governance and corporate financing decisions. His work has been published in top accounting and finance journals. He has received several awards and honors, including the 2016 and the 2014 Distinguished Contribution to the Accounting Literature Awards, the Humboldt Research Award in 2012, as well as the 2011 Wildman Medal Award. He was also recognized as a "Highly Cited Researcher" by Thomson Reuters and included in their list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" in 2014-2018. Professor Leuz is an editor for the Journal of Accounting Research and has served on many editorial boards, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, and the Review of Accounting Studies.

Born in Germany, Professor Leuz earned his doctoral degree and Habilitation at the Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. Prior to this position, he was the Harold Stott Term Assistant Professor in Accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester.

Research Interests

Financial disclosure and capital markets; financial transparency and corporate governance; cost of capital; international accounting; securities regulation.

Academic Areas

  • Accounting

Selected Publications

Working Papers

2021 - 2022 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
30131 Advanced Financial Analysis and Valuation for Global Firms 2022 (Winter)
30903 Topics in Empirical Accounting Research 2021 (Autumn)

2020 - 2021 Executive Education Schedule

  Program Title  
  The Executive Program for Prospective CFOs Learn More
  The Latin American CFOs' Executive Program Learn More

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