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The 2017 Midwest Summer Accounting Research Conference will be hosted by the Wisconsin School of Business Accounting and Information Systems Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the Fluno Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The conference will begin with lunch on Friday, June 2nd, and conclude with lunch on Saturday, June 3rd. All meals and break refreshments will be provided, however, conference participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Accounting faculty and Ph.D. students from the schools listed below are invited.

  • University of Illinois
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Purdue University
  • University of Iowa
  • Indiana University - Indianapolis
  • Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Michigan State University
  • Penn State University
  • Notre Dame University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University


Friday – June 2, 2017

Time Event
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Fluno Center – Executive Dining Room
1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
221 Fluno Center – Bolz Family Executive Classroom
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
John Jiang, Michigan State University
How does the FASB make decisions? Agenda Setting, Individual Board Members, and Fair Value Accounting
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Scott Asay, University of Iowa
Contracts, Controllability, Fairness, and Misreporting
4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Joseph Schroeder, Indiana University – Bloomington
Do Audit Personnel Salaries Impact Audit Quality?
6:00 p.m.
Fluno Center – Skyview Room

Saturday – June 3, 2017

Time Event
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 
Fluno Center – Executive Dining Room
8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Xiaoli Tian, Ohio State University
Staying Silent from the Competitors: Examining the Effects of Dynamic Versus Static Threat to Product Substitutability on Disclosure Redaction
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Dereck Barr-Pulliam, University of Wisconsin – Madison  
The Effects of Competition and Lack of a Professional Identity on the Market for High Quality Valuation Service Providers 
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Erik Beardsley, University of Notre Dame 
Street Effective Tax Rates: Informative or Opportunistic?
12:30 p.m.

2017 Event Photos


A hotel room block has been reserved at the Fluno Center for $129 per night. Some rooms have also been blocked for the night of June 1st, if desired. To reserve your room, please contact the front desk at (608)441-7117 and inform them that your reservation should be added to the “2017 Midwest Accounting Research Conference” room block. The release date for the block of rooms is May 2nd (midnight). Please reserve your room early to ensure that we have sufficient space for all who would like to attend.


Please direct questions to any of the faculty coordinators listed below.

Coordinating Faculty Member School
Rashad Abdel-khalik University of Illinois
Tyler Thomas University of Wisconsin
Mark Bagnoli Purdue University
Ramji Balakrishnan University of Iowa
John Hassell Indiana University - Indianapolis
Leslie Hodder Indiana University - Bloomington
Chris Hogan Michigan State University
Karl Muller Penn State University
Ram Ramanan Notre Dame University
Pervin Shroff University of Minnesota
Andrew Van Buskirk Ohio State University
Susan Watts Purdue University