Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Douglas Skinner

Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting
University of Chicago
Interim Dean, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Governing Committee

Douglas Skinner currently serves as the deputy dean for faculty and the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also the executive director of the Accounting Research Center at the university, a position he has held since 2011.

Previously, Skinner has served as the John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Accounting and a Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow. Before joining University of Chicago in 2003, he was the KPMG Professor of Accounting at University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He also worked as an editor at the Journal of Accounting & Economics, and he is presently an editor of the Journal of Accounting Research and a member of the editorial board of Accounting and Finance. He received the Emory Williams Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 and the Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

Skinner’s research interests include corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy. As a professor, he has taught courses on topics such as financial accounting, financial statement analysis, corporate finance, and empirical methods in accounting research. Some of his recent work concerns the relationship between dividends and earnings quality, audit quality and auditor reputation, and the measurement of securities litigation risk.

Skinner holds a BEc in accounting and finance from Macquarie University and a PhD in accounting from University of Rochester. He has been a tenured full professor at University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 2005.