Merkley, Kenneth

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  • Phone Number: (607) 254-8344(Office)
  • Address: 322 Sage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850


Research Interests

  • Financial Communication and Disclosure
  • The Role and Behavior of Information Intermediaries
  • The Impact of Accounting on Capital Markets
  • Textual Analysis
  • Financial Reporting


The Effect of Annual Report Readability on Analyst Following and the Properties of Their Earnings Forecasts, with Reuven Lehavy (University of Michigan) and Feng Li (University of Michigan), The Accounting Review, 2011.

Do Managers use Earnings Guidance to Influence Street Earnings Exclusion? with Ted Christensen (Brigham Young University), Jenny Tucker (University of Florida), and Shankar Venkataraman (Georgia Institute of Technology), Review of Accounting Studies, 2011. RAST Conference Paper.

Detailed Management Earnings Forecasts: Do Analysts Listen? with Linda Bamber (University of Georgia) and Ted Christensen (Brigham Young University), Review of Accounting Studies, 2013.

Narrative Disclosure and Earnings Performance: Evidence from R&D Disclosures (dissertation paper), The Accounting Review, 2014.

Working Papers

Does the scope of sell-side analyst industry matter? An examination of bias, accuracy and information content of analyst reports, with Roni Michaely (Cornell) and Joseph Pacelli (Cornell).

The Informativeness of Forward-Looking News in Earnings Announcements, with Zahn Bozanic (The Ohio State University) and Sam Bonsall (The Ohio State University).

When Do Firms Initiate Earnings Guidance? The Timing, Consequences, and Characteristics of Firms’ First Earnings Guidance, with Kris Allee (Michigan State), Ted Christensen (Brigham Young University), and Bryan Graden (Washington University in St. Louis).

Does Filing Form 10-K Early Matter?, with Preeti Choudhary (Georgetown University) and Jason Schloetzer (Georgetown University).


  • Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40 List, Poets & Quants, 2014
  • Half Century Faculty Research Fellow, Cornell University, 2012
  • Barry and Ann Ridings Sesquicentennial Fellow, Cornell University, 2011
  • Spivey/Hall Fellowship Recipient, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Close Award Recipient, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Paton Accounting Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2006 – 2010
  • Ross School of Business Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2006 – 2010
  • Eagle Scout

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