Faculty & Research

Michael Minnis

Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone :
1-773-834-5965
Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Michael Minnis studies the role of accounting information in allocating investment efficiently by both management and capital providers, the use of financial reporting in mitigating information opacity issues of privately-held firms, and the interplay within management in the production and use of financial information. He particularly enjoys identifying unique data and methods to empirically examine issues in a novel way.

Prior to pursing his PhD, Minnis’ accountancy and CPA background allowed him to work in a variety of professional roles. He worked in corporate finance at Eli Lilly and Company, Inc. and later at Fitzgerald | Isaac, p.c. as a certified public accountant. Building on his knowledge and experience, Minnis went on to found Controller Associates LLC where he also served as President of the company. Controller Associates, LLC provided part-time controller and Chief Financial Officer services to start-ups, small companies, and non-profit organizations, as well as a variety of financial statement analysis and consulting services. He sold the firm to Milestone Advisors in 2006.

“Having worked with and studied companies ranging in size from large multi-nationals to start-up ventures, I have seen the usefulness and the power of the information conveyed in financial statements. I want students to be able to take full advantage of this information.”

Minnis received his PhD from the University of Michigan and his BS from the University of Illinois, where he graduated with Highest Honors.

 

2017 - 2018 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
30130 Financial Statement Analysis 2017 (Fall)
30600 Workshop in Accounting Research 2017 (Fall)
30600 Workshop in Accounting Research 2018 (Winter)
30600 Workshop in Accounting Research 2018 (Spring)

Other Interests

Vociferously encouraging my three kids while they play a variety of youth sports.

 

Research Activities

My research interests include the use of financial reporting in mitigating information opacity issues of privately-held firms; the role of accounting information in allocating investment efficiently by both management and capital providers; and the interplay between management in the production and use of financial information. I particularly enjoy identifying unique data and methods to empirically examine issues in a novel way.

Publications

Commercial Lending Concentration and Bank Expertise: Evidence from Borrower Financial Statements, with Philip Berger and Andrew Sutherland. Journal of Accounting and Economics. Forthcoming (2017).

Economic Growth and Financial Statement Verification, with Petro Lisowsky and Andrew Sutherland, Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 55, Issue 4 (September 2017): 745-794. The supplemental appendix for this paper is available here.

Financial Statements as Monitoring Mechanisms: Evidence from Small Commercial Loans, with Andrew Sutherland, Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 55, Issue 1 (March 2017): 197-233. The supplemental appendix for this paper is available here.

Knowledge, Compensation, and Firm Value: An Empirical Analysis of Firm Communication, with Feng Li, Venky Nagar, and Madhav Rajan, Journal of Accounting and Economics, 58 (August 2014): 96-116. The supplemental appendix and data used in this paper are available here.

A Measure of Competition Based on 10-K Filings, with Feng Li and Russell Lundholm, Journal of Accounting Research, 51 (May 2013): 399-436. The competition data used in this paper is available here.

The Value of Financial Statement Verification in Debt Financing: Evidence from Private U.S. Firms, Journal of Accounting Research, 49 (May 2011): 457-506.

Other Publications

Why regulate private firm disclosure and auditing?, with Nemit Shroff. Invited paper for the ICAEW Information for Better Markets Conference. Accounting and Business Research, Vol. 47, Issue 5 (2017): 473-502.

Book Review of: "Speech Analysis in Financial Markets,"by William J. Mayew and Mohan Venkatachalam (2015). The Accounting Review, 90(1):395-398.

Working Papers

Spillovers in Common Audit Markets, with Raphael Duguay and Andrew Sutherland, August 2017.

Accounting Choices and Capital Allocation: Evidence from Large Private U.S. Firms, with Petro Lisowsky. December 2015.

Investor Relations and the Flow of Information through Investor Networks, with Judson Caskey and Venky Nagar, April 2015.


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