Big Unanswered Questions in Financial Reporting

Ray Ball (Chicago University), Paul Koster (Dutch Investors´ Association VEB) & Christian Savtschenko (PwC)
Outside picture of the School of Business building in Otaniemi. Three Aalto Flags swinging in front of the building.

Our keynote speaker Ray Ball (Chicago University) is a distinguished professor in the field of accounting and financial reporting. The other key-note speakers are panellists Mr. Paul Koster (Dutch Investors´ Association VEB) representing investors and Mr. Christian Savtschenko (PwC) representing the audit industry. All three speakers bring different perspectives to the topic. 

We warmly welcome you to participate in our seminar on 9 October,
from 13.00 to 16.00 at Aalto University, Room Harvard,
Ekonominaukio 1, 02150 Espoo



13.00: Opening remarks

Assistant Professor Henry Jarva
Aalto University

13.05: Big Unanswered Questions in Accounting

• What is the actual economic role of financial reporting?
• Why is this question important, why is it unanswered?
• What types of inventive research design are needed to help answer it?
• Examples of the types of questions involved

Professor Ray Ball
Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, University of Chicago

13.45: Q&A

14:00: Coffee break

14.30: Panel discussion

• Use of information: Financial reporting vis-á-vis non-financial reporting 
• Assured information vis-á-vis non-assured information
• Social,  environmental and economic responsibility
• Good Governance
• What is the use of assurance in information sharing?


Ray Ball, Professor, University of Chicago
Paul Koster, Managing Director, VEB
Christian Savtschenko, Partner, PwC Finland

Moderator: Ms. Jasmin Hamid


16.00: Closing remarks

Associate Professor Lasse Niemi
Aalto University


Biographies of the speakers

The seminar is intended for anyone who is interested in the fundamental actual questions in financial reporting, the use of financial information and auditing. Researchers, students, auditors, regulators as well as representatives of business are all welcomed to the event. 


The event will be conducted in English and it is free of charge.

Please click here to register for the event.

Registration deadline is Monday 30 September 2019.


Organising committee - Inquiries


Pasi Horsmanheimo, Senior Counsel, Finnish Patent and Registration Office, [email protected]

Henry Jarva, Assistant Professor, Aalto University, [email protected]

Lasse Niemi, Associate Professor, Aalto University, [email protected]

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