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Gus De Franco


  • Faculty Director, PhD Program
  • KPMG Professorship
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Gus De Franco is the KPMG Professor of Accounting and serves as the Accounting Area Coordinator at the Freeman School, Tulane University. His previous positions include associate professor of accounting at the University of Toronto as well as visiting professors at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also worked at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. De Franco has taught a wide variety of accounting courses at the undergraduate, master's and PhD levels, including accounting analytics, financial accounting, management accounting, financial statement analysis, accounting research, accounting theory, and accounting-based capital market research. An active accounting researcher, De Franco has published articles in the Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Accounting Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research. Topics of his research include sell-side analysts, CFA charter holders, private firms' accounting quality, relative valuation, and firms' choice of compensation peers. De Franco has a broad business background including experience as an equity research analyst at CIBC Capital Markets and a marketing product manager at Kraft Inc.

Education & Affiliations

PhD, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University
HBA, The Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario