Zahn Bozanic

Professor Bozanic joined the Fisher College of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in 2011. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds an M.A. degree in Economics from The University of Michigan and a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to his doctoral work, he worked for Wells Fargo as an internal financial consultant and product manager in San Francisco.

Professor Bozanic teaches financial statement analysis at Fisher to our undergraduate and graduate (MAcc, MBA, and SMF) students. He has also taught intermediate financial accounting as well as introductory financial and managerial accounting. His primary research interests are in the areas of corporate disclosure, debt contracting, information intermediaries, and regulation. Professor Bozanic’s research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Accounting, Organizations, and Society.

Professor Bozanic is currently a Research Fellow at The National Center for the Middle Market.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Disclosure
  • Debt Contracting
  • Information Intermediaries
  • Regulation


  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, The University of Michigan
  • BA, The University of California


  • American Accounting Association Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Mid-Year Meeting Best Paper Award
  • The National Center for the Middle Market Research Fellowship
  • Ossian R. MacKenzie Doctoral Teaching Award
  • Smeal Competitive Dissertation Award
  • Smeal Doctoral Research Grant
  • G. Kenneth Nelson Scholarship
  • Jane O. Burns Graduate Scholarship
  • Center for the Study of Finance Graduate Fellowship
AMIS 7220 - Financial Statement Analysis I

Examines the role of financial statement analysis in the evaluation of the firm's financial performance and the prediction of its future economic condition.

AMIS 7221 - Financial Statement Analysis II

Examines additional techniques to evaluate the firm's financial performance and the prediction of its future economic condition based on financial statements.

  • “Financial Statement Errors: Evidence from the Distributional Properties of Financial Statement Numbers” with Dan Amiram and Ethan Rouen. Review of Accounting Studies, Forthcoming
  • “Qualitative Disclosure and Changes in Sell-Side Financial Analysts’ Information Environment” with Maya Thevenot. Contemporary Accounting Review, Forthcoming.
  • "What Do Management Earnings Forecasts Convey About the Macroeconomy?" with Sam Bonsall and Paul Fischer Journal of Accounting Research, 2013, Vol. 51(2), 225-266.
  • "The Social Constitution of Regulation: The Endogenization of Insider Trading Laws" with Mark Dirsmith and Steve Huddart Accounting, Organizations, and Society, 2012, Vol. 37(7), 461-481.
  • "Managerial Motivation and Timing of Open Market Share Repurchases"  Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 2010, Vol. 34(4), 517-531.
  • “Accountants Increasingly Use Data Analysis to Catch Fraud” – Wall Street Journal, December 2014
  • “IRS Pays Attention to Corporate Filings, Study Shows” – Compliance Week, November 2014
  • “IRS Scanning 10-Ks for Tax Data, Report Finds” –, November 2014
  • “The Simple Mathematical Law That Financial Fraudsters Can’t Beat” – Forbes, May 2014
  • “Financial Fraud Detection Now as Simple as 1, 2, 3” – PR Newswire, May 2014
  • “The Search for Suspect Accounting” –, April 2014
  • “Earnings Bode Ill for Stocks” – Wall Street Journal, June 2012


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    Department of Accounting & MIS
    Fisher College of Business
    The Ohio State University
    456 Fisher Hall
    2100 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210

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