December 15, 2013 (Sunday)

19:00 - 22:00 Welcome Reception at UniBar of UC Bistro

Day1: December 16, 2013 (Monday)

Venue: Lung Kai Lam Theatre (Rm 6602, Classroom 5) (Lifts 31-32, 6th Floor)

08:30 - 08:45 Tea and Refreshments

Moderator: Zhihong Chen

08:45 - 09:00 Welcome from the Conference Organizing Committee
Kevin Chen, Head of Accounting Department, HKUST
09:00 - 10:00

Stock Prices and Earnings: Opportunities for Future Research
Keynote speech by Professor Richard Sloan, UC Berkeley

10:00 - 10:15 Tea Break
10:15 - 11:15 Private Debt Contract Complexity: What the Numbers Don't Tell you
by Zahn Bozanic, Lin Cheng and Tzachi Zach
Presenter: Zahn Bozanic, The Ohio State University
Discussant: Christopher D. Williams, University of Michigan
11:15 - 12:15 CEO Incentives and the Health of Defined Benefit Plans
by Sandra Chamberlain, Joy Begley and Li Zhang
Presenter: Sandra Chamberlain, University of British Columbia
Discussant: Rashad Abdel-khalik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch at China Garden Restaurant (G/F)
Moderator: Derrald Stice
14:00 - 15:00 How Does Communication within the C-Suite Affect Management Forecast Accuracy?
by Meng Li, Ruhao Ke, Zhejia Ling and Yuan Zhang
Presenter: Zhejia Ling, Iowa State University
Discussant: Michael Welker, Queen's University
15:00 - 16:00 The Rewards Associated with Meeting or Beating Management Forecasts
by Kai Wai Hui, Shiheng Wang, Yao Zhang
Presenter: Kai Wai Hui, HKUST
Discussant: Rebecca N. Hann, University of Maryland
16:00 - 16:15 Tea Break
16:15 - 17:15 Economics of Auditor Liability: Impact on Pareto-Eficient Audit Quality and Value
by Martin Wu
Presenter: Martin Wu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Discussant: Derek Chan, University of Hong Kong
18:30 Dinner 

Day 2: December 17, 2013 (Tuesday)

Venue: Lung Kai Lam Theatre (Rm 6602, Classroom 5) (Lifts 31-32, 6th Floor) 

08:45 - 09:00 Tea and Refreshments
Moderator: Chia-Chun Hsieh
09:00 - 10:00 Board Destaggering: Corporate Governance Out of Focus?
by Lloyd Tanlu, Weili Ge and Jenny Zhang
Presenter: Lloyd Tanlu, University of Washington
Discussant: Xia Chen, Singapore Management University
10:00 - 11:00 Corporate Tax Avoidance and Public Debt Costs
by Terry Shevlin, Oktay Urcan and Florin Vasvari
Presenter: Oktay Urcan, London Business School
Discussant: Eric Allen, University of Southern California
11:00 - 11:15 Tea Break
11:15 - 12:15 Short Selling and Earnings Management: A Controlled Experiment
by Vivian Fang, Allen Huang and Jonathan Karpoff
Presenter: Allen Huang, HKUST
Discussant: Jake Thornock, University of Washington
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch at China Gardent Restaurant (G/F)