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Edward Watts

Edward Watts

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Professor Watts’ primary research interests include corporate governance and capital markets research in accounting.  His current work focuses on equity-based compensation at private firms, capital market effects of securities regulation, and investor preferences for sustainability.  He received a PhD in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA in Economics from Duke University, and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo.  Before pursuing his PhD, he worked in fixed income trading and investment banking at Morgan Stanley.


  • PhD, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2020
  • MA, Duke University, 2012
  • BA, State University of New York at Geneseo, 2010


Seven myths of ESG

Larcker, D. F., Tayan, B., & Watts, E. M.
European Financial Management
2022 Article

Working Paper