Shivaram Rajgopal

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  • Schaefer Chaired Professor in Accounting
  • Phone: (404) 727-9043

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Shivaram Rajgopal joined Goizueta Business School in June 2010. Prior to joining Emory he was a chaired professor in the Foster School of Business of the University of Washington. Shiva's research focuses in two areas: the investigation of the determinants and consequences of financial reporting strategies, and the exploration of the relationships between executive compensation (stock options) and the executive behavior such as risk taking.


  • "Financial Reporting Quality and Idiosyncratic Volatility," with M. Venkatachalam," Journal of Accounting and Economics, forthcoming.
  • "Financial Whistle Blowing: Target Firm Characteristics and Economic Consequences," with A. Call and R. Bowen, The Accounting Review, forthcoming.
  • "Is PIN Priced Risk?" with P. Mohanram, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 47, pp. 226-43, 2009.
  • "Neighborhood Matters: The Impact of Location on Broad Based Option Plans," with S. Kedia, Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 92, pp. 109-27, 2009.
  • "Accelerated Vesting of Stock Options in Anticipation of SFAS 123R: An Empirical Investigation," with P. Choudhary and M. Venkatachalam, Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 105-46, 2009.

Working Papers

  • "Stock Picking Skills of SEC Employees," with R. M White.
  • "Is Silence Golden? An Empirical Analysis of Firms that Stop Earnings Guidance," with D. Matsumoto and S. Chen.
  • "Do the SEC's Enforcement Preferences Affect Corporate Misconduct?" with S. Kedia.

Areas of Specialization

  • Financial reporting issues
  • Executive compensation

Achievements and Honors

  • Glen McLaughlin Award for Research in Accounting Ethics, 2008
  • William A. and Helen L. Fowler Award for Special Achievement/Recognition, 2007
  • Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature, American Accounting Association, 2006

Memberships and Activities

  • American Accounting Association
  • American Economic Association
  • American Finance Association
  • Associate Editor, Contemporary Accounting Research, 2007-10, 2011-present
  • Editorial and Advisory Board, The Accounting Review, 2003-present
  • Ad hoc referee for all major journals in accounting and finance.


  • Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA/United States 1998
  • B.Commerce, University of Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra/India 1988
  • Bachelor's in Chartered Accounting, Institute of Chartered Accountants, India 1987