Douglas Skinner is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy. His research addresses topics such as (1) the causes and capital market effects of managers' corporate disclosure choices (especially forward-looking information such as earnings forecasts, earnings pre-announcements, and guidance, corporate conference calls, etc.); (2) how the legal and regulatory environment affects managers’ corporate disclosure practices; (3) managers' incentives to use their discretion in the financial accounting and reporting process to manage reported earnings ("earnings management"); (4) how stock prices respond to earning releases, especially for high growth companies ("earnings torpedoes"); and (5) the determinants of firms' payout policies, including whether and how much firms should pay out, the form of payout (dividends versus stock repurchases), etc.
Professor Skinner’s research is published in top academic journals that include The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Business, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. His research has also been prominently featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist, and the New York Times. He is co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research, and was previously co-editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics.
In 2010, Professor Skinner was named one of the top business school professors in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. His teaching has included courses taught to undergraduate upper-classmen, full-time and part-time MBA students, Global MBA students, executives, consultants, and Ph.D. students. His teaching covers topics that include corporate financial reporting and analysis, financial statement analysis, and empirical methods in accounting research.
Prior to Professor Skinner’s appointment at Chicago, he was KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he had been on the faculty since 1989. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics with first class honors from Macquarie University in Sydney and a masters and PhD from the University of Rochester. He has been a tenured full professor at Chicago Booth since 2005.