Peter Easton

Alumni Professor of Accountancy
Director, Center for Accounting Research and Education

Fielding Finance

Notre Dame’s reputation, on and off the football field, lured Peter Easton away from the Ohio State University eight years ago, where he served as the Gerlach Professor of Accounting.

Currently the Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accountancy in the Mendoza College of Business, Easton also serves as academic director of the University’s Center for Accounting Research and Education (CARE), which he initiated in 2004 to help bridge the gap between academia and practice. He also holds teaching engagements at the University of Technology, Sydney, Tilburg University, and the London Business School.

Easton's approach to teaching is grounded in contemporary examples and practical applications. After a brief introductory period, Easton’s students spend most of the semester valuing two companies and presenting the results to their peers. "The valuation project provides an opportunity to apply the valuation models and other analysis tools covered in the course to firms of the students’ choosing, Easton said. “The basic requirements for the project are that it focuses on valuation of a firm and demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the tools and concepts explored in the course."  

Easton has served as associate editor of 11 leading accounting journals, publishes widely on corporate valuation, is an editor of the Review of Accounting Studies, and co-author of four widely adopted books published by Cambridge Business Publishers. In the past year he has published papers in the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research and Foundations and Trends in Accounting.

What matters in accounting research?

"We need to ask, ‘Is our research catering to a limited set of academic colleagues or are we providing information that gives perspective and sets new directions for accounting and finance practice. The professionals keep us honest. They keep us relevant."

On the topic of forecasting.

"It’s a key issue for those of us who work on the border of accounting and finance, yet very little research has been done on forecasting profitability."