Laurence van Lent

Laurence van Lent is a Professor of Accounting and Economics at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Before joining the Frankfurt School, he was affiliated with Tilburg University from 1993-2017, most recently as the Chair of Empirical Research in Accounting.

Professor Van Lent’s research is published or scheduled to appear in leading journals in economics, finance, management, and accounting, including Management Science, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, and Review of Finance. He has won the David Solomons Prize awarded by the journal Management Accounting Research. His current research interests include (1) the political economy of accounting and finance, (2) the biological roots of executive behavior, and (3) organizational design and performance management.

Laurence van Lent has extensive editorial experience. He has received distinctions for his work as a reviewer, winning Outstanding Reviewer Awards from the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research and BuR Business Research. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of European Accounting Review, the journal of the European Accounting Association from 2011-2015. He held positions on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, and BuR Business Research and was Joint Guest Editor of a special issue of European Accounting Review on Conservatism in Accounting. Between 2017 and 2020, he assumes responsibility as an Editor of The Accounting Review, the flagship journal of the American Accounting Association. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Research.

Van Lent is a member of the Advisory Board of CARE (the Center for Accounting Research and Education) at the University of Notre Dame and of the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Reporting and Auditing at the ESMT in Berlin.

Professor Van Lent has a strong interest in the education of Ph.D. students. He was the founding chair of the Tilburg Ph.D. program in Accounting and his students have been placed in prestigious institutions such as The University of Chicago, USC, London Business School, Melbourne, Nanyang Technological University, and Mannheim. As faculty in residence of the EAA Doctoral Consortium and as organizer or faculty of numerous Ph.D. workshops and (EU sponsored) training networks (e.g., INTACCT, FIRRE, SPAR), he demonstrates his continued commitment to improve graduate education in Europe. He is an Editor for the newly established EAA PhD Advisory College, which is an initiative by the European Accounting Association to help early stage Ph.D. students with their research.

Laurence van Lent holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University (1999). He was a visiting scholar at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester (1996-1998) and a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne (2004) and at the LMU Center for Advanced Management Studies in Munich (2014). In 2011, he was a visiting fellow of the Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he returned in the Spring of 2019 for another short term visit.

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