Mark G. Maffett studies international financial reporting and the effects of disclosure regulation, with a focus on real effects, such as mine safety, healthcare prices, and foreign corruption. His papers have been published in the The Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Review of Accounting Studies, Management Science and Foundations and Trends in Accounting.

Outside of academia, Maffett's professional experience extends to a stint at a healthcare-focused investment banking firm and work as an associate in auditing, assurance services, and financial consulting at a mid-tier accounting firm. During this time, he worked with firms in industries ranging from healthcare to NASCAR and gained an appreciation for the value of knowledge of financial accounting principles for managers, investors, bankers and financial analysts. He hopes that students who take his “Complex Deals” course will increase their sophistication as users of financial information by enhancing their ability to understand complex organizational structures.

Maffett earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, he holds a M.A. in humanities from The University of Chicago, has dual degrees from Wake Forest University in accounting (M.S.A.) and in analytical finance (B.S.), and is also a licensed (inactive) C.P.A.

Mark enjoys hanging out with his daughters Maya and Emmy, exploring the Chicago restaurant scene, and drinking bourbon.

Research Interests

Financial disclosure and capital markets; financial reporting transparency; liquidity; international accounting; institutional investors.

Academic Areas

  • Accounting

Selected Publications

Working Papers

2021 - 2022 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
30120 Accounting, Economic, and Regulatory Issues in Complex Deals 2022 (Spring)