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Magro, Anne

Academic Unit:Administration
Position:Interim Dean; Associate Professor, Accounting; and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Phone:703-993-1765
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 246
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:

Cognition and judgment/decision making of accountants and users of accounting information, especially tax professionals.

Education:
  • PhD - Accountancy, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • MS - Taxation, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • BS, University of Michigan
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Magro holds a BGS from The University of Michigan and a MS (Tax) and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she was previously a member of the faculties of Rutgers University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Texas-Austin.

Her research addresses how characteristics of the decision maker, task, and environment interact to affect the judgment and decision-making of preparers and users of accounting information.

Magro has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Decision Science. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Behavioral Research in Accounting and on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Advances in Behavioral Accounting Research. Professor Magro is an active member of the American Taxation Association and the Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations section of the American Accounting Association.

Magro is an active member of the Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations section of the American Accounting Association as well as the American Taxation Association. She has served on the faculties of University of Texas-Austin, University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University.

Research and Awards:

Presented the paper titled, “The Potential of the Review Process to Detect and Mitigate Advocacy Bias” at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in September in 2015 (with coauthors Andrew Cuccia and Amber Whisenhunt).

Presented the paper titled, “Preparer Censoring of Authority Sets and Subsequent Tax Reviewer Judgments” at the Behavioral Tax Symposium in Reston, Virginia in 2016 (with coauthor Andrew Cuccia).

Presented the paper titled, “The Potential of the Review Process to Detect and Mitigate Advocacy Bias” at the Behavioral Tax Symposium in Reston, Virginia in June in 2015 (with coauthors Andrew Cuccia, and Amber Whisenhunt).

Presented the paper titled, “Teaching in Circles: Making the Most of the Active Learning Classroom” at the Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Showcase in Fairfax, Virginia in 2014 with fellow colleagues Paige Wolf, Management, and Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management.

Received the George Mason School of Business Service Award. 

Nominated for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award at George Mason University.

Received a research award from George Mason University School of Business in 2013.

Presented (with Rick Warne) the paper titled “Investor Propensity to Litigate under Precise and Imprecise Accounting Standards” at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Presented the paper titled “Tax Decision Making” at the Doctoral Consortium for the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Presented the paper titled “Behavioral Perspectives” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California in August 2011.  

Presented the paper titled “Adaptive Reasoning and Tax-Research Performance” at the Behavioral Tax Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia.

Published an article (with Sarah Nutter) titled, “Evaluating the Strength of Evidence: How Experience Affects the Use of Analogical Reasoning and Configural Information Processing in Tax” in the The Accounting Review.

Presented the paper titled “The Effect of Accounting Regime on Investors' Propensity to Litigate” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California and at the Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium in Provo, Utah.

Presented the paper titled “Evaluating the Strength of Tax Authorities: How Experience Affects the Assessment and Combination of Source and Relevance” at the Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.