In Memoriam: Accounting Professor Emeritus George J. Staubus, Known for the "Decision-Usefulness Theory of Accounting"

Yaniv Konchitcki George A. Staubus,the Michael Chetkovich professor emeritus at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, died on March 21 in Oakland, Calif., from bone marrow failure. He was 87.


Professor Staubus dedicated his life's work not only to the teaching and research of accounting but to continued improvement of the standards and practices of financial reporting. Staubus' colleagues say his work developing the "decision-usefulness theory of accounting" is an important contribution to financial accounting theory in the twentieth century. Read More


Professor Yaniv Konchitchki, World's Top 40 Profs Under 40, Wins Additional External and Worldwide Recognition from the Accounting Profession

Yaniv Konchitcki Poets & Quants recently named Haas Assistant Accounting Professor Yaniv Konchitchki to its annual World's Top 40 Under 40 list lauding the best young business professors from around the globe. Poets & Quants, a business school news site, publishes the annual award to recognize professors who excel in research and in the classroom.


August 2014, American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, Atlanta, Georgia: Berkeley Haas' Professor Yaniv Konchitchki is honored by the American Accounting Association to receive the prestigious 2014 Best Paper Award for his interdisciplinary capital markets work titled "Cost of Capital and Earnings Transparency" (with Barth and Landsman). The paper links accounting information with valuation/asset pricing and makes the case for transparent Corporate America by showing that corporations with transparent accounting practices in fact benefit their shareholders. In other words, corporations who are "good" for society by being transparent (in contrast to being opaque/manipulative) enjoy higher valuations for their stocks (Read More Here).


As stated by the American Accounting Association: "The Best Paper Award is intended to enhance interaction among academic and practicing members and provide an incentive for researchers to focus their efforts on topics relevant to the practicing profession and standard-setters. The award...judged to best reflect the tradition of academic scholarship and be of relevance to problems facing the accounting profession and standard-setters."


Since joining Haas in 2011, Prof. Konchitchki has consistently received prestigious awards for research and teaching excellence. Examples:


  • Within Haas:
    • The Berkeley Haas 2014-2015 Schwabacher Fellow. "The Executive Committee voted this honor on the basis of 'outstanding research, exceptional departmental service, unusual scholarly growth, or some combination thereof.' " Read Here
    • The Berkeley Haas 2014-2015 Bakar Faculty Fellow. "A most positive signal for the years to come, the fellowship honors Haas faculty members with a record of accomplishment and a very bright future."
    • The Berkeley Haas 2013-2014 Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching. "Highest teaching award bestowed annually upon instructors at Berkeley Haas."
    • The 2011, 2012, and 2013 Berkeley Haas Club Six Member, for Teaching Excellence of MBA students, with Overall Instructor Effectiveness scores among top-4 instructors with the highest record across all instructors at Berkeley Haas
  • Across Berkeley:
    • The Berkeley 2013-2014 Hellman Fellows Fund Award for Research Excellence. Selected across U.C. Berkeley as a "Most Promising Assistant Professor" for a large research award. Read More
  • International:
    • The 2014 World's Top 40 Under 40. "Lauding the best young business professors from around the globe." Read Here, Here, and Here
  • From the Accounting Profession:
    • The American Accounting Association's 2014 Best Paper Award - more details above.

Published in top-tier academic and practitioner journals, Prof. Yaniv Konchitchki is expert in interdisciplinary capital markets research, focusing on the usefulness of accounting information through its links to Macroeconomics (e.g., inflation; GDP) and Valuation (e.g., financial statement analysis; cost of capital; asset pricing). Drawing on extensive academic and professional experience in financial accounting and macroeconomics, his research has helped develop a relatively new interdisciplinary area of Macro-Accounting by serving as a starting point for a new line of work on the informational role of the links between financial reporting, valuation, and the macroeconomy. In his research, he provides a comprehensive analysis of both macro-accounting "directions":


  • the macro-to-micro direction (e.g., how aggregate price-level changes inform accounting results of individual corporations), and
  • the micro-to-macro direction (e.g., how aggregate accounting results of individual corporations inform macroeconomic activity).

His research is of interest to macroeconomics and financial accounting information users, including researchers and practitioners, the U.S. government (e.g., Council of Economic Advisers to the U.S. President), regulators (e.g., Federal Reserve; Securities and Exchange Commission), creditors (e.g., commercial banks), households, current and potential investors, analysts, hedge and pension funds, and corporate managers. He was invited to present his research in dozens of conferences, universities, and other institutions including hedge funds, pension funds, the CFA (Charted Financial Analyst) Institute, and the U.S. Federal Reserve System-thanks to the applicability of his research to real-life problems. Before receiving a PhD from Stanford University, he was a CPA and Senior Financial Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as a Senior Investment Expert at the Securities Authority.


Interested in learning more about his accomplishments and research? Read Here




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