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Thank you for visiting my research webpage. My name is Jeremy Bertomeu and I am an associate professor of accounting at Washington University in St Louis. Before joining Wash U, I was an associate professor at UCSD and an assistant professor at Baruch College, and a visiting scholar at Northwestern University. 

Currently, I'm working on a few projects:

A. How uncertain is the market about managers' reporting objectives? Evidence from structural estimation, with E. Cheynel, E. Li and Y. Liang

An estimation of a generalized Fischer-Verrecchia (2000) with an application to estimating the noise caused by accounting manipulations.

B. Ethics and Illusions: How Ethical Declarations Shape Market Behavior, with J. Barrios, R. Lunawat, and I. Sall

Are people able to reverse engineer bias from earnings management? No! An experiment confirms that sellers exhibit varying degrees of ethics that garble the inference process. The bad side of ethics: when signing statements, sellers lied the same way but buyers trusted more, turning the terms of trade against buyers.

C. Moral Hazard and the Value of Information: A Structural Approach, with J. Jung and I. Marinovic

A structural agency model is estimated from executive comp using accounting and stock price. Using the estimates, we measure the contracting value of accounting (price) in a counter-factual where only price (accounting) is used in the contract.

D. Uncle Sam’s Stimulus and Crypto Boom, with X. Martin and S. Zhang,  covered in FinReg Blog.

Provides evidence that PPP loans led to greater investment in crypto, reducing its effect on employment, base estimates is $1 in PPP implied about 6.7 cents investment in crypto by small business owners.

E. Capital Market Consequences of Generative AI: Early Evidence from the Ban of ChatGPT in Italy, with Y. Lin, Y. Liu, and Z. Ni

The ChatGPT ban hurt more tech, small and newer firms, indicative of Generative AI as levelling the playing field and promoting creative destruction.

Work in Progress

The Editor's Problem

If editors maximize average quality, a higher bar does not imply higher quality, acceptance does not always imply good papers (even if the process is perfect) and if reviewers become more generous (hostile) after their paper is accepted (rejected) the only stable equilibrium is everything accepted or everything rejected.

Persuasion, Science, and Miracles, with Ivan Marinovic

A designer wishes to persuade that they exist by controlling the laws of nature, but a Bayesian believer may interpret repeated miracles as a law of nature. Under certain conditions, the most persuasive strategy is a predictable law followed by a single miracle.

Do you have a nice working or published paper? Contact me to be part of the weekly AES Zoom seminars to share ideas and obtain feedback (Fridays 10-11 PST).

I also participate to several research initiatives that, jointly with several colleagues, we hope will help disseminate theoretical research in accounting.

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