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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.

Education

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

Selected Works

Publications

Working Papers

Non-Refereed Publications

Seven Myths of ESG
D. F. Larcker, B. Tayan, and E. M. Watts
Stanford Closer Look Series
2021

Stock-Option Financing in Pre-IPO Companies
D. F. Larcker, B. Tayan, and E. M. Watts
Stanford Closer Look Series
2021

Sharing the Pain: How Did Boards Adjust CEO Pay in Response to COVID-19?
A. Batish, A. Gordon, D. F. Larcker, B. Tayan, E. M. Watts, and C. Yu
Stanford Closer Look Series
2020

Cashing It In: Private-Company Exchanges and Employee Stock Sales Prior to IPO
D. F. Larcker, B. Tayan, and E. M. Watts
Stanford Closer Look Series
2018