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David F. Larcker is the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Professor of Law (by courtesy), Stanford Law School; Director of the Corporate Governance Initiative; and Senior Faculty of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford.

He was previously the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He received undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and a doctorate in business from the University of Kansas.

Professor Larcker has published many articles and book chapters on topics such as executive compensation, corporate governance, and strategic business models. He is the coauthor of Corporate Governance Matters: A Closer Look at Organizational Choices and Their Consequences and his most recent book is entitled A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance. He has served as a consultant to numerous organizations on corporate governance and design of executive compensation contracts.

He was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Task Force on accounting for executive stock options from 1993 to 1996, Steering Committee for the Business Reporting Research Project of the Financial Accounting Standards Board from 1999 to 2000, and the Option Valuation Group of Financial Accounting Standards Board.

He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting and Economics; Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society; and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Professor Larcker received the Notable Contribution to Managerial Accounting Research award in 2001. In 2012, he was named to the NACD Directorship 100 as one of the most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community.

He is currently a Trustee for Wells Fargo Funds and has served on the board of various private companies.

Research Interests

Executive Compensation, Boards of Directors, Talent Development

Working Papers


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