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Douthett, Edward

Academic Unit:Accounting
Position:Associate Professor and Northern Chapter VSCPA Professor of Public Accounting
Phone:703-993-4234
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 118
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • The economics of auditing and accounting in capital markets.
Education:
  • PhD, Accounting, University of Georgia
  • MBA, Finance, University of Georgia
  • BS, Accounting, Pennsylvania State University
Profile:

Edward B. Douthett, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Business and holds the Northern Chapter VSCPA Professorship of Public Accounting. He currently teaches managerial and cost accounting in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs.

Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Douthett served on the faculty of Texas Christian University and worked at Exxon Corporation in various positions overseeing financial analysis and reporting for operating units in oil and gas production and chemical manufacturing.

Research and Awards:

Presented the paper titled, “Leveraged Recapitalizations Under Revised Pushdown Accounting Guidance” and the paper titled “Financial Effects of Reduced Crude Oil Prices Across the Oil and Gas Industry”at the Academy of Business Research in New Orleans, Louisiana in March in 2017 (with coauthors Anthony Amoruso and Jonathan Duchac).

Received a University Service Award from George Mason’s School of Business in 2017.

Presented the paper titled, “Do Auditors Protect Against Expropriation by Corporate Insiders? Evidence from the Market for New Issues” at the George Mason University, School of Business, Accounting Workshop Series in Fairfax, Virginia in 2016 (with coauthor Ling Lisic).

Presented the paper titled, “Assurance Services, Home-Country Litigation Frameworks, and Auditor Reputation Premiums” at the The Fourth International Conference of Journal of International Accounting Research and Accounting, Organizations & Society in Augsburg, Germany in 2016.

Received a University Service Award from George Mason University School of Business in 2016.

Was honored as president of the Northern Chapter Virginia Society of CPAs from the Northern Chapter Virginia Society of CPAs in 2016.

Received the Endowed Professorship from Northern Chapter Virginia Society of CPAs in 2016.

Presented the paper titled, “The Usefulness of Segment Information” at the American Accounting Association Southeast Regional Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. Douthett also received the George Mason University School of Management Faculty Service Award.

Nominated and elected as President-Elect of the Northern Chapter Virginia Society of CPAs in 2015.

Had his paper titled, "Are Governmental Accounting Measures Value Relevant to the Citizenry?" listed on SSRN's Top Ten Download List for: Political Economy: National, State & Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations eJournal from Social Science Research Network (SSRN) in 2015.

Awarded an Endowed Professorship from the Northern Chapter Virginia Society of CPAs in 2015.

Published an article titled, “Are Governmental Accounting Measures Value-Relevant to the Citizenry?” (coauthored with Paul Copley) in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management in 2014.

Received a Research Award from the Northern Chapter Virginia Society of CPAs in 2014.

Was awarded the School of Business Faculty Service Award in 2014.

Published an article titled, “Venture Capital and Risk Management: Evidence From Initial Public Offerings” (with coauthors) in the Journal of Managerial Issues in 2013.

Selected to serve as the Northern Chapter Virginia Society CPA Professor of Public Accounting. The Northern Chapter Virginia Society CPA Chair of Public Accounting was established to foster closer relations between the academic and practice community. Professor Douthett was selected to hold the chair by a committee from the School of Business and the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPA's in recognition of his commitment to the academy and the accounting profession.

Published (with Ling Lisic) an article titled, “Client Importance and Audit Partner Independence” (with coauthors) in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy in 2012.

Presented the paper titled “Shareholder Expropriation and the Provision of Assurance Services in the Market for New Issues” at the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Presented the paper titled “Client Importance and Auditor Independence: A Partner-Level Analysis” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

Received the George Mason University School of Business Faculty Service Award in Accounting.

Presented the paper titled “Ownership Form and Assurance Services in the Market for New Issues” (with coauthor Suning Zhang) at the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Fairfax, Virginia.

Was awarded a faculty fellowship from Goodman & Company.

Was awarded a research publication award from George Mason University School of Business.

Presented the paper titled “Client Importance and Auditor Independence: A Partner-Level Analysis” (with Ling Lei) at the 2010 International Symposium on Audit Research in Singapore.

Presented the paper titled “Client Importance and Audit Partner Reporting Decisions” (with Ling Lei) at the Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference of the American Accounting Association in San Diego, California.