University of Southern California

Randolph Beatty
Professor of Accounting

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, MAS, BS, University of Illinois


Professor Beatty's scholarship spans accounting, finance, and management, with articles published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal. He has won or been nominated for teaching awards at USC Marshall School of Business, Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, the Wharton School, and the University of Illinois. In 1994, Business Week selected him as one of twelve Masters of the Classroom. Beatty has consulted for a variety of organizations providing expert witness testimony on bankruptcy prediction, valuation, and financial accounting issues. Beatty serves on the Advisory Board for the USC Caruso Catholic Center and the City of Hope Board. He is also the Chair of the City of Hope Medical Center Board.


Beatty, R. P. (2009) "What's Next? Business, Politics, and Globalization," Japanese Journal of Adminstrative Science, 22 (2), 179-187.
Apte, A., Apte, U., Beatty, R. P., Sarka, I., and Semple, J. (2004) "The Impact of Check Sequencing on NSF Fees," Interfaces, 34 (2), 97-105.
Beatty, R. P., and Kadiyala, P. (2003) "Impact of Penny Stock Reform Act of 1990 on the IPO Market," Journal of Law & Economics, 46 (2), 517-542.
Beatty, R. P., Riffe, S., and Thompson, R. (1999) "The Method of Comparables in Tax Court Valuations of Privately-held Firms: An Empirical Investigation," Accounting Horizons, 13 (3), 177-199.
Beatty, R. P. (1998) "The Implicit Economic Penalties Arising from S.E.C. Investigations into Underwriters," Journal of Financial Economics, 50 (2), 151-186.
Beatty, R. P., and Welch, I. (1996) "Issuer Expenses and Legal Liability in Initial Public Offerings," Journal of Law & Economics, XXXIX (2), 545-602.
Beatty, R. P., and Zajac, E. J. (1994) "Firm Risk and Alternative Mechanisms for Internal Corporate Control: Evidence from Initial Public Offerings," Administrative Science Quarterly, 39 (2), 313-335.
Beatty, R. P. (1993) "The Economic Determinants of Auditor Compensation in the Initial Public Offerings Market," Journal of Accounting Research, 31 (2), 294-302.
Beatty, R. P., and Hand, J. R.M. (1992) "Standard Setting and (un)Sophisticated Investors: SFAS No. 94 as a Test of the Level Playing Field Theory," Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance, 7, 509-530.
Beatty, R. P. (1990) "Interaction of Academic Research and Teaching Quality: An Investigation of Constraints on Excellence," Proceedings of the University of Illinois Golden Jubilee Symposium.
Beatty, R. P. (1989) "Auditor Reputation and the Pricing of Initial Public Offerings," The Accounting Review, 64, 693-709.
Beatty, R. P., and Verrecchia, R. E. (1989) "The Effect of a Mandated Accounting Change on the Capitalization Process," Contemporary Accounting Research, 5, 472-493.
Beatty, R. P., and Zajac, E. J. (1987) "CEO Change and Firm Performance in Large Corporations: Succession Effects and Manager Effects," Strategic Management Journal , 8, 305-317.
Beatty, R. P., Santomero, A. M., and Smirlock, M. L. (1987) "Bank Merger Premiums: Analysis and Evidence," Salomon Brothers Monograph Series in Finance and Economics, 1987-3.
Beatty, R. P., and Ritter, J. R. (1986) "Investment Banking, Reputation and the Underpricing of Initial Public Offerings," Journal of Financial Economics, 15, 213-232.
Beatty, R. P., and Johnson, S. B. (1985) "A Market-Based Method of Classifying Convertible Securities," Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, 8, 112-124.