Paul K. Chaney

Paul K. Chaney

E. Bronson Ingram Chair, Professor of Accounting

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An expert on accounting for mergers and acquisitions, earnings management, and the effects of auditor reputation, Paul Chaney brings a breadth and depth of Accounting knowledge and experience to the classrooms of Owen, where he has taught for over 30 years.

Awards & Accomplishments

At Owen, Paul has earned the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 3 times, in addition to the Research Award.


Paul currently serves as an Editor for The International Journal of Accounting. He is the Area Head of Accounting for Owen and has served in numerous committee and Faculty Senate capacities over his career at Vanderbilt.


Paul has been published in several notable journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Public Economics, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He co-authored Advanced Accounting, which is currently in its eighth edition.


Paul teaches accounting classes for the MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Science in Finance programs, including Financial Reporting, Accounting for M&A, Advanced Financial Reporting, and Research in Accounting.

Research Interests

Paul’s work focuses on a variety of accounting-related subjects, including auditor reputation, the quality of earnings, earnings management, and audit pricing. A landmark study that found a direct correlation between the public perception of an auditor’s reputation and a company’s market value drew considerable coverage in the wake of the Andersen-Enron debate.


Ph.D., Accounting, Indiana University, 1983

M.B.A., Accounting, Indiana University, 1977

B.S., Accounting, Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, 1975





Select Publications


Damaged Auditor Reputation and Forecast

Cahan, S., Chaney, P., Jeter D. & W. Zhang, (2013), Damaged Auditor Reputation and Analysts’ Forecast Revisions Frequency, Auditing: A Journal of Theory and Practice, February, vol. 32 no. 1.  

The Quality of Accounting Information in Politically Connected Firms

Chaney, P. Faccio, M. & D. Parsley, (2011) The Quality of Accounting Information in Politically Connected Firms, February, vol. 51, Journal of Accounting and Economics.