Jayanthi Sunder

Associate Professor of Accounting


Ph.D., New York University, 2002
MBA, Jamnala Bajaj Institute of Management Studies
B.Com., Madras University

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Reporting and Capital Markets
  • Debt Contracting
  • Compensation Contracting


Acct 400B/500B/500I, Intermediate Financial Accounting
Acct 501/501I, Advanced Accounting

Publications and Working Papers

Published Papers:

Debtholder Responses to Shareholder Activism: Evidence from Hedge Fund Interventions, with Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona), and Wan Wongsunwai (Northwestern University) – forthcoming Review of Financial Studies.

Managerial Ability, Tenure and Promotions: Evidence from Film Directors, with Kose John (New York University) and S. Abraham Ravid (Yeshiva University) - fothcoming Journal of Corporate Finance.

Large Shareholders and Disclosure Strategies: Evidence from IPO Lockup Expirations, with Yonca Ertimur (University of Colorado) and Ewa Sletten (Boston College), The Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 58 (1), August 2014.

Investor Horizon and CEO Horizon Incentives, with Brian Cadman (University of Utah), The Accounting Review, Vol. 89 (4), July 2014.

Stock Option Grant Vesting Terms: Economic and Financial Reporting Determinants, with Brian Cadman (University of Utah) and Tjomme Rusticus (Northwestern University), Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 18 (4), pp 1159-1190, December 2013.

Accounting Quality and Debt Contracting, with Sreedhar Bharath (University of Michigan) and Shyam V. Sunder (Northwestern University), The Accounting Review, Vol. 83, No.1, January 2008. 

Endogenous Entry/Exit as an Alternative Explanation for the Disciplining Role of Independent Analysts, with Thomas Lys, Northwestern University, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 45, August 2008. 

Measure for Measure: The Relation between Forecast Accuracy and Recommendation Profitability of Analysts, with Yonca Ertimur (Duke University) and Shyam V. Sunder (Northwestern University), Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 45, No. 3, June 2007.

Working Papers:

Balance Sheet Conservatism and Debt Contracting, with Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona) and Jingjing Zhang (McGill University).  

The Role of Managerial Overconfidence in the Design of Debt Covenants, with Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona), and Liang Tan (George Washington University). 

Earnings Seasons: Analysis of Inferred and Announced News, Curtis Hall (Drexel University) and Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona). 

Information Spillovers and Capital Structure – New York University Dissertation.