Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2016

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Business Administration

Additional Affiliations

Olin Business School

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



I examine the use of accounting information in external finance. In Chapter 1, I study the use of accounting disclosure in equity crowdfunding to understand how accounting and financial reporting facilitates start-up financing. I find no relation between historical accounting disclosure and start-up capital obtained from crowdfunding investors, on average. However, I find a positive relation between capital raised and the entrepreneurs long-term forecasts of expected future performance. In Chapter 2, I examine the use of financial covenants in private debt contracts when borrowers have incentives to increase the riskiness of the firms investments. I find that debt contracts to borrowers with greater risk-taking incentives prior to contract inception are more likely to include a debt-to-earnings covenant. In Chapter 3, in co-authored work with Peter Demerjian and Jared Jennings, I examine whether the borrowers management earnings forecast accuracy is useful information in screening by providing an observable signal of the borrowers ability to anticipate future economic conditions. We find that borrowers with more accurate forecasts prior to contract inception receive a lower interest rate.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Richard Frankel

Committee Members

Radhakrishnan Gopalan, Jared Jennings, Xiumin Martin, Peter Demerjian,


Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/K7ZW1J6K

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