Patricia C. O'Brien
Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting
School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo

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I am interested in information in capital markets, including preparation and interpretation of financial disclosures, the effects of disclosure on capital markets, and the role of financial analysts as information intermediaries.

Here is a copy of my current c.v., and below are links to some of my unpublished working papers (all pdf format).  

    O'Brien (1994) "Corporate Earnings and the Macroeconomy"

    McNichols & O'Brien (2001) "Inertia and Discreteness:  Issues in Modeling Analyst Coverage"

    O'Brien & Tian (2005) "Financial Analysts' Role in the 1996-2000 Internet Bubble"

    McNichols, O'Brien & Pamukcu (2007) Unaffiliated Analysts’ Recommendation Performance for IPO Firms”


AFM491:  Advanced Financial Accounting -  Fall 2006 syllabus.

Acc608:  US GAAP - Spring 2004 syllabus.

Acc609:  Financial Statement Analysis - Winter 2004 syllabus.

Acc701:  PhD Seminar in Empirical/Archival Research - Winter 2009 syllabus

Acc781:  Introduction to Research - Fall 2009 syllabus

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Patricia C. O'Brien
School of Accounting and Finance
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3G1

tel: +1-519-888-4567, ext. 35423
fax: +1-519-888-7562
e-mail: pobrien <at>