Douglas J. Skinner

Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting,
Deputy Dean for Faculty,
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Douglas Skinner is a leading authority on financial reporting and disclosure, capital markets, corporate finance, and valuation. An experienced expert witness, Professor Skinner has testified on numerous corporate finance–related matters, both in deposition and at trial. He has evaluated loss causation, damages, market efficiency, and price impact.

In his research, Professor Skinner addresses a range of subjects related to corporate finance, financial accounting, and corporate governance, including the capital market effects of corporate disclosures and financial reporting. He has assessed various factors that affect corporate disclosure choices, the role that manager incentives play in financial reporting, and the determinants of firms’ payout policies.

Professor Skinner’s articles have appeared in leading accounting and finance journals, including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He coedits the Journal of Accounting Research and was previously coeditor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He has received several best paper awards, including the Jensen Prize from the Journal of Financial Economics and the BlackRock Prize from the Review of Accounting Studies. His research has also been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

Honored multiple times for excellence in teaching, Professor Skinner teaches graduate (M.B.A. and Ph.D.) courses that cover financial accounting, managerial (cost) accounting, financial statement analysis, corporate finance, and empirical methods in accounting research.

Professor Skinner is a professorial fellow in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Before joining the University of Chicago, he served for over a decade as the KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.