Paul A. Griffin
Faculty Profile

Paul A. Griffin
Distinguished Professor

Research Expertise: Accounting, accounting and financial theory, evaluation of accounting methods, financial information and disclosures

Professor Paul Griffin is a leading international authority in accounting, financial information and disclosures. He has published over 60 articles in leading accounting and finance journals, five research monographs for the Financial Accounting Standards Board and two case books on U.S. corporate financial reporting. His research has had a substantial impact on the profession. According to a study of influential articles, he is one of a small group whose articles are now classics in the field.

His recent publications in accounting and auditing focus on relations between stock prices and greenhouse gas emissions, the informational role of short interest for corporate bond prices, and investors’ recognition of unburnable carbon on energy company balance sheets. His current research projects examine the impact of CSR performance ratings on analysts’ information costs, the effects of social norms on CSR disclosure, and how executive social networks affect earnings management. Professor Griffin recently served as co-editor of Accounting Horizons.

Before arriving at UC Davis, Griffin was an assistant professor at the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  

Griffin earned both his Ph.D. in accounting and his M.A. in operations research and economic theory from The Ohio State University.


Paul A. Griffin Recent Awards

  • 2015 Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award sponsored by KMPG, American Accounting Association, Accounting Information Systems Section, “The SEC’s XBRL Mandate and Credit Risk: Evidence on a Link between Credit Default Swap Pricing and XBRL Disclosure.”
  • Highly Commended Paper of 2014, Pacific Accounting Review, “Supply chain sustainability: Evidence on conflict minerals.”
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA), Awarded for distinction, excellence, and service to the accountancy profession in New Zealand, 2012.
  • Best Conference Paper Overall; Best Conference Paper in Accounting, Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2012.
  • Runner-up, 2011 Peter Brownell Best Manuscript Award, Accounting & Finance, “Enforcement and Disclosure Under Regulation Fair Disclosure: An Empirical Analysis,” Volume 51, No. 4, June 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker, Australian National Centre for Auditing and Assurance Research (ANCAAR) Research Forum, Canberra, Australia, 2010.
  • Distinguished International Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 2010.
  • 2010 Peter Brownell Best Manuscript Award, Accounting & Finance, “Agency Problems and Audit Fees: Further Tests of the Free Cash Flow Hypothesis,” 2010.
  • Runner-up, 2009 Peter Brownell Best Manuscript Award, Accounting & Finance, “Governance Regulatory Changes, International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption, and New Zealand Audit and Non-Audit Fees: Empirical Evidence,” 2009.