The conference aims to promote a better understanding of the importance of audits in capital markets. The goal is to consider the characteristics of an audit, audit firms and the structure of the audit market. This understanding, in turn, may inform the work of regulators.
The conference is organized by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the Center for Economic Analysis, in conjunction with the Journal of Accounting Research (JAR) at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Conference organizers are Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago and PCAOB; Christian Leuz, University of Chicago and PCAOB; and Patricia Ledesma, PCAOB.
Conference organizers encourage the submission of papers about all aspects of auditing of corporations, as well as the impact of regulation and oversight. Papers may be theoretical, archival or experimental in nature.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
The organizers invite the submission of working papers by August 15, 2014.
Papers will be blind-reviewed by the Program Committee. Submissions to the conference are not considered submissions to the Journal of Accounting Research (JAR). But, of course, papers can be submitted separately to JAR, in which case they enter the normal review process. Moreover, JAR editors may solicit conference papers for publication in JAR. In such cases, the authors will be invited to submit their papers to JAR after the conference.
The PCAOB will reimburse presenters and discussants reasonable travel expenses and accommodations.
Please send a PDF version of your paper, with a separate title page and abstract, by August 15, 2014, to CEA@pcaobus.org specifying "PCAOB/JAR Conference" in the subject line.
Attendance will be limited and by invitation only. Academics interested in receiving an invitation should contact CEA@pcaobus.org.