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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Accounting Department Ranked Among the Best in Country

Scholarly ranking measures influence of authors and departments on the field, with implications for firms and policymakers.

TUCSON, Ariz. – March 23, 2011 – The University of Arizona Department of Accounting — part of the Eller College of Management — is home to the #1 author of research in the areas of tax and archival tax and is ranked among the top programs nationwide, according to a measure of research productivity conducted by Brigham Young University.

The ranking calculates the frequency in which individuals and their institutions appear in the most rigorously peer-reviewed academic journals in the field, providing objective insight into overall influence over time, as well as influence in sub-specialties of accounting research such as tax and archival tax, and financial and archival financial.

“Research may seem removed from teaching, but the reason it is important is because teachers need to be working on the cutting edge, developing state-of-the-art conceptual paradigms and methodologies that they then bring to the classroom,” said Dan Dhaliwal, Head of the Accounting Department and Lou Myers Professor of Accounting.

Dhaliwal is ranked first in the nation among authors contributing to accounting literature in the areas of tax and archival tax. He is ranked #2 for archival financial, and #6 for financial. The UA Accounting Department as a whole is ranked #10, behind institutions such as Stanford and Michigan State. The Department ranks first in the nation in the tax and archival tax specialties, #4 in archival financial, and #10 in financial.

The work Dhaliwal and his colleagues conduct at the Eller College has bearing on the economic behavior of firms as well as policymakers. For example, in a series of papers, Dhaliwal and his co-authors assessed the actual effect that the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Act of 2003 had on firms’ capital investments and cost of equity, determining whether the Congressional act achieved its intended consequences.

In addition to the BYU research measurement, the Eller College Department of Accounting is ranked among the top 25 programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. The annual ranking of undergraduate programs, which comes out each fall, is based upon a reputational survey the magazine administers to deans and associate deans of collegiate schools of business.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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