Faculty & Research

Christian Leuz

Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting

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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 also a Co-Director of the Initiative on Global Markets, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the European Corporate Governance Institute and a Fellow at Wharton's Financial Institution Center, Goethe Universität Frankfurt's Center for Financial Studies, and the CESifo Research Network. His research examines the role of corporate disclosures, accounting transparency and disclosure regulation in capital markets, corporate governance and corporate financing. His work has been published among others in the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has received several awards and honors, including the 2014 Distinguished Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award, the Humboldt Research Award in 2012, the 2011 Wildman Medal Award as well as a JFE All Star Paper Award. Professor Leuz is an editor for the Journal of Accounting Research and has served on many editorial boards, including the Journal of Accounting & 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.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
30130 Financial Statement Analysis 2015 (Winter)

Other Interests

Wine, food, skiing.


Research Activities

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

With Christian Laux, "Did Fair-Value Accounting Contribute to the Financial Crisis?," Journal of Economic Perspectives (2010).

With Karl Lins and Frank Warnock, "Do Foreigners Invest Less in Poorly Governed Firms?,"? Review of Financial Studies (2009).

With F. Oberholzer, "Political Relationships, Global Financing, and Corporate Transparency: Evidence from Indonesia," Journal of Financial Economics (2006).

With D. Nanda and P. Wysocki, "Earnings Management and Investor Protection: An International Comparison," Journal of Financial Economics (2003).

With R. Verrecchia, "The Economic Consequences of Increased Disclosure," Journal of Accounting Research (2000).

For a listing of research publications please visit ’s university library listing page.