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Amir Amel-Zadeh

Associate Professor of Accounting


Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HP

Profile

Amir's research examines the effects of companies’ financial and non-financial information disclosures on capital markets and the mediating role of accounting standards and information intermediaries.

Amir’s research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Financial Analyst Journal. His work has been cited by the business press such as the Financial Times and the Guardian as well as in a variety of policy documents by the EU, Bank of International Settlements, IMF, World Economic Forum and by accounting standard setters.  

Amir has been invited to present his research at conferences and business schools across the globe and held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, at New York University Stern School of Business, at Columbia Business School, and at the University of Bologna. Prior to joining Oxford Saïd, Amir was at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

He teaches on the MBA and Executive MBA as well as on executive programmes for legal and financial services professionals. He has taught or consulted for the financial services industry in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Special Issue on Business and Climate Change at Management Science and is on the Editorial Board of Accounting and Business Research. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge.

He has co-authored and co-edited the book Accounting for M&A: Uses and Abuses of Accounting in Monitoring and Promoting Merger published by Routledge in 2020

Alongside his role at Saïd Business School, Amir is an associate member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance and Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Read Amir's CV.

Research

Amir’s research can be broadly summarised as examining the role of information disclosure in capital markets.

He is interested in the determinants, characteristics, and economic consequences of companies' information disclosures, including financial and non-financial reporting, and the role of information intermediaries such as analysts and other third-party information producers in this process.

Within this broad spectrum his work can be divided into three interconnected lines of research:

  1. Mandatory and voluntary disclosure under asymmetric information
  2. Reporting and accountability in banking
  3. Environmental and social accountability and sustainable investments

His research examines managerial reporting choices and their economic effects, how reporting frameworks affect these choices and how information intermediaries contribute to a firm’s information environment. He is particularly interested in applying natural language processing and machine learning techniques to analyse financial and narrative disclosures and their effects on asset prices and investment allocations.

His research in banking focuses on interactions of accounting - in particular fair value accounting - with regulatory risk-based capital requirements.

Publications

Creating firm disclosures(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Journal of Financial Reporting
  • Amir Amel-Zadeh,
  • A Scherf,
  • E Soltes
Accounting
Professional Service Firms

Bidder earnings forecasts in mergers and acquisitions(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Amir Amel-Zadeh,
  • G Meeks
Accounting
Professional Service Firms
  • A AMEL-ZADEH,
  • G Serafeim
Accounting
Professional Service Firms
  • Amir Amel-Zadeh,
  • Mary E Barth,
  • Wayne R Landsman
Accounting
Professional Service Firms
  • Amir Amel-Zadeh,
  • Yuan Zhang
Accounting
Professional Service Firms
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Engagement

Amir maintains a close involvement with the business and financial services community.

He has taught or consulted for the asset management and banking industry globally on investment, reporting and banking topics and has been a speaker on various industry conferences. He is currently on the academic advisory council at PanAgora Asset Management.

Amir has also been engaged with public policy organisations such as the UN Conference for Trade and Development on issues related to corporate disclosures and transparency.

Prior to his career in academia, Amir worked for the fixed income structured solutions group at Lehman Brothers in London. He has held non-executive Board positions at start-up companies in the bio and fintech sectors.

Teaching

Amir teaches on the core course in financial reporting on the Executive MBA and an elective on fundamental analysis for active investing on the MBA and MSc Financial Economics programmes. He has also taught on executive programmes for entrepreneurs, engineers, lawyers, finance and medical professionals. He has taught or consulted for the financial services industry in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Expertise:

  • Financial reporting, disclosure and fundamental analysis
  • Non-financial and ESG reporting
  • Natural language processing applications in accounting
  • Fair value accounting and regulatory capital at financial institutions

Watch a sample lecture video - Dean's seminar 

Students

Amir supervises Saïd Business School doctoral students