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Phd Student Profile / Bio
John B. Donovan
Curriculum Vitae

John Donovan

Ph.D. Accounting 2016 (expected), Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. Accounting 2009, University of Notre Dame
B.S. Business Administration 2008, University of Notre Dame
Research interests:
Financial accounting, external capital, debt contracting, and corporate governance
  • "The Role of Accounting Information in Equity Crowdfunding," Job Market Paper
  • "Issues raised by studying DeFond and Zhang: What should audit researchers do?" Journal of Accounting and Economics, R. Frankel, J. Lee, X. Martin, and H. Seo, 2014
  • "Fair Value Accounting and Debt Contracting," with Peter Demerjian and Chad Larson, working paper
  • "Accounting Conservatism and Creditor Recovery Rate." in The Accounting Review, R. Frankel, and X. Martin, Forthcoming
  • "Assessing the Accuracy of Forward-Looking Information in Private Debt Contract Negotiations?" in Journal of Accounting and Economics, Peter Demerjian and Jared Jennings, Under Review
  • "Income Smoothing and Debt Covenants: Evidence from Technical Default," with Peter Demerjian, working paper
  • "Accounting reliability and monitoring," with Jared Jennings and Rick Mergenthaler, working paper
  • "Determining contract thresholds," with Radha Gopalan and Jared Jennings, working paper
Academic/professional activities:
Participant, Center for Accounting Research and Education: Midwest Summer Research Conference, 2011
American Accounting Association
Beta Alpha Psi
Other Professional Experience:
Audit and Assurance Associate, PwC, Chicago (2009 - 2011)
Certified Public Accountant, CPA, Illinois (2011 - present)
AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium, 2014
Doctoral Fellowship, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011 - present
Personal interests:
John enjoys spending time with his wife Claire and other family and friends.