Yanhua Sunny Yang

Associate Professor


Education/Professional Certification

  • PhD in Accounting, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006
  • Master of Accounting, Tsinghua University, China, 1999
  • Bachelor of Finance, Tsinghua University, China, 1997


  • Empirical research in financial accounting
  • Specialties:
    • impact of credit ratings on capital markets
    • information in equity financial analyst forecasts
    • influence of earnings quality on market participants


  • The Impact of Dividend Covenants on Investment and Operating Performance. With Boochun Jung and Woo-Jong Lee, 2016. Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting 43 (3) & (4), 414-447.
  • Issuer Operating Performance and IPO Price Formation. With Michael Willenborg and Biyu Wu, 2015. Journal of Accounting Research Volume 53 (5): 1109–1149.
  • Earnings Smoothing Activities of Firms to Manage Credit Ratings. With Boochun Jung and Naomi Soderstrom, 2013. Contemporary Accounting Research 30 (2): 645-676.
  • Do Financial Analysts’ Long-term Growth Forecasts Matter? Evidence from Stock Recommendations and Career Outcomes. With Boochun Jung and Philip Shane, 2012. Journal of Accounting and Economics 53 (1-2): 55–76.
  • Do Financial Analysts Add Value by Facilitating More Effective Monitoring of Firms’ Activities? With Boochun Jung and Kevin Sun, 2012. Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance 27 (1): 61-99.
  • Horizon-Dependent Underreaction in Financial Analysts’ Earnings Forecasts. With Philip Shane and Jana Smith Raedy, 2006. Contemporary Accounting Research 23 (1): 291-322.

 Working Papers

  • Scaled Regulation and the Financing Choices of Small Firms: Evidence from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. With Dave Weber.
  • On the Nonlinear Relation between Product Market Competition and Earnings Quality. With Ying Guo and Boochun Jung.
  • The Interpretive Information Content of Credit Rating Changes for Stock Investors. With Michael Clement and Boochun Jung.
  • Do Dividend Increases Convey Information about Future Earnings Changes? Evidence for Firms with Weak Credit Ratings. With Boochun Jung and Ross Jennings.

Current & Prior Positions

  • Associate Professor in Accounting, University of Connecticut, 2016 – present
  • Assistant Professor in Accounting, University of Connecticut, 2012 – 2016
  • Assistant Professor in Accounting, University of Texas at Austin, 2006 -2012
  • Financial Analyst and Accountant, IBM China Company Limited, Accounting Dept., Finance & Planning Dept., 1999–2001


Contact Information
Phone+1 (860) 486-4696
Office LocationBUSN 428
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