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Dr Vasiliki Athanasakou

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Research interests

  • Earnings management and earnings quality
  • Expectations management
  • Voluntary disclosure 
  • The impact of accounting and market regulation on capital markets and intermediaries
  • Executive compensation and corporate governance 


  • Investor attention to rounding as a salient forecast feature (with A. Simpson) 2016. International Journal of Forecasting (Forthcoming).
  • The perceived credibility of forward-looking performance disclosures (with K. Hussainey) 2014. Accounting and Business Research 4(3), 227-259.
  • The market reward for achieving analyst earnings expectations: does managing expectations or earnings matter? (with N.C. Strong and M. Walker) 2011. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting 38 (1/2), 58-94.
  • The association between classificatory and inter-temporal smoothing: Evidence from the UK's FRS3' (with N.C. Strong and M. Walker) 2010. International Journal of Accounting 45 (2), 224-257.
  • Discussion of 'The impact of dual class structure on earnings management activities' 2010. Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting 37 (3/4), 486-494.
  • Earnings management or forecast guidance to meet analyst expectations? (with N.C. Strong and M. Walker) 2009. Accounting and Business Research 39 (1), 3–35.  
  • Classificatory Income Smoothing: the impact of a change in regime of reporting financial performance (with N.C. Strong and M. Walker) 2007. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy 26 (4), 387-435.
  • Understanding the earnings reporting practices of UK firms and their interactions with analysts' earnings forecasts (with Y.S. Choi, S. Lin, M. Walker, and S. Young) 2008. ICAEW Briefing (Centre for Business Performance).

Working papers

  • ‘Earnings quality and corporate governance’ (with Per Olsson). Read here
  • ‘Changes in CEO Stock Option Grants: A look at the numbers’ (with Lisa Goh and Daniel Ferreira). Read here
  • ‘Asymmetric information flows’ (with Norman Strong and Martin Walker). Read here
  • Large sample evidence on the properties and impact of strategic commentary in annual reports’ (with Mahmoud El-Haj, Paul Rayson, Martin Walker and Steven Young). Read here
  • ‘Earnings quality and the value premium’ (with George Athanassakos). 
  • ‘Annual report disclosures and the cost of equity capital: Non-linear evidence for the UK’ (with Florian Eugster, Thomas Schleicher and Martin Walker).

Appointments conferences and funding

Appointments  Editorial Board membership

  • Journal of Business Finance and Accounting 
  • Accounting and Business Research


Co-organiser of the LSE/MBS conference (2007 - 2013) 

Externally funded projects

  • ESRC/ICAEW 'Understanding the influences of Financial Reporting, Corporate Disclosures and Financial Media on the Corporate Financial Information Environment' undertaken jointly with Manchester Business School and Lancaster University  http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/


Other web pages




Contact information

Department of Accounting
Room OLD 2.20
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5303
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 3912

Email: v.athanasakou@lse.ac.uk

Administrative contact

Justin Adams, Administrator
Room OLD 3.20
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6542
Email: j.adams5@lse.ac.uk