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Accounting academic awarded prestigious Covid-19 research grant

23 September 2020

Lecturer in Accounting, Dr Nikos Tsileponis, has been awarded £9,993 from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust to develop a research project investigating earnings management during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Offering amounts of up to £10,000, the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences and are teneable for 24 months. This year, the British Academy received 790 eligible applications, of which only 17% were successful.

With the Covid-19 crisis rapidly evolving, Dr Tsileponis' project aims to investigate the corporate response to the pandemic with respect to firm behaviour on reporting financial performance. Specifically, it will examine the impact of Covid-19 on firm-level earnings management in the United States. 

On the project Dr Tsileponis said:

'Besides the devastating loss of human life, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in major disruption to the corporate world. While companies have developed greater resilience from their experiences with previous outbreaks, such as H1N1, SARS, Ebola and MERS, the extraordinary nature of the current pandemic requires a careful re-examination of today’s challenges in the corporate environment.

Throughout the first two quarters of 2020, it quickly became clear that the shock the virus has dealt to supply, demand and financing would leave few companies unaffected, making further research in this area so necessary.'

On receiving the research grant, Dr Tsileponis continued:

'I am very excited to have the opportunity to work on this project with my colleague, Dr Kostas Pappas from the University of Liverpool. One of the greatest challenges will probably be data collection from the Factiva database, as this project also involves using textual analysis. I look forward to sharing our findings with colleagues.'

The project is expected to run until May 2022.

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