Professor, Financial Accounting

Office: HH 3103

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35944


Brief Biography

Elizabeth Demers (B.A. and M.Acc., UWaterloo; M.Sc. and PhD, Stanford University) has taught Masters of Accounting, Masters in Finance, MBAs and Executive MBAs while serving on the faculties of INSEAD (France), the Darden Graduate School of Business (University of Virginia), the University of Rochester, HEC-Lausanne (Switzerland), the Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland), and the University of Michigan.  She has taught and/or presented her research at institutions and conferences in more than 30 countries around the world.  Her recent research interests are related to the role of non-financial information (including linguistic measures derived from textual analysis of corporate communications) in assessing and predicting firm performance, and the impact of disclosure and communications on the firm’s cost of capital and stock price crash risk.  Her studies have been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management ScienceReview of Accounting Studies, the Harvard Business Review, and other top outlets, and they are widely cited in both the academic literature and in the financial press (The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, etc.).  Her consulting activities include financial statement analyses and “red flag reviews” for hedge funds and other institutional investors, research and teaching presentations to investment fund managers, and litigation support for the quantification of economic damages.

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