M. (Maarten) Pronk

Full Professor
Erasmus School of Economics
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Finance & Accounting
Affiliated since 2007

Maarten Pronk is a part-time professor of financial accounting at the Department of Business Economics, the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE).

His research focuses on the use and communication of financial reporting information.

He has published articles in the leading journals in his field including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance.

Professor Pronk was a member of PwC's Accounting & Valuation Advisory Services group for five years and is currently a part-time member of EY's Professional Practice department.

He obtained his MSc from Erasmus University and his PhD from Tilburg University with additional PhD training from the University of Iowa.

Key Publications (5)

Research in financial reporting and valuation

This PhD project focuses on the role of financial reporting in capital markets and corporate valuation. Financial reporting is essential in today’s capital markets and helps resolve important information and incentive problems. The recent financial crisis and the ongoing incidence of financial reporting scandals highlight the critical role of corporate transparency. The international convergence of accounting standards and the ongoing debate about whether the U.S. should move to international accounting standards further highlight the importance of academic research in this area. Markets-based accounting research aims at understanding the role of financial information production and disclosure in markets, its use by key stakeholders such as investors, creditors, and analysts, and determining firms’ fundamental valuations.

During the course of the four-year PhD project, the PhD student receives extensive training in accounting, finance, and econometrics during the first year (tailored to the student’s prior training). At the end of the first year, the PhD student is expected to have completed a research proposal containing a broad outline of the projects to be conducted during the remaining three years. During these years, the PhD student is expected to complete three empirical studies which are sufficiently developed for submission to top-tier journals in the field. Afterwards, the aim is that the PhD student is sufficiently trained and his/her projects are sufficiently well developed such that he/she will have good prospects on the international (academic) job market.

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Visiting address

Office: Tinbergen Building H14-01
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Pronk, M. (2012). Financial Accounting, te praktisch voor theorie en te theoretisch voor de praktijk? (2012, juni 29). Rotterdam: Erasmus Research Institute of Management.