Center for Accounting in the Public Interest

Our Vision

The Center for Accounting in the Public Interest (CAPI) strives to raise researchers’ and educators’ awareness of public accountability and the ethical obligations of accountants. The center plans to leverage its expertise and leadership to become a research and education center dedicated to promoting accountants’ role in serving the public interest.

Our Mission

The center’s mission is to conduct and support research about accounting and the public interest; to improve awareness of emerging professional and ethical standards and issues; to act as a source of information for researchers, educators, students, and professionals who are promoting accountants’ role in protecting public interests; and to coordinate and collaborate with other organizations devoted to the study of accounting and the public interest.

Yan Luo Director of Center for Accounting in the Public Interest

Yan Luo, PhD, CPA

Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy
Fowler College of Business
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-8221, USA
Phone: 619-594-1011
Email: [email protected] 

Yan Luo Director of Center for Accounting in the Public Interest

Director of the Center for Accounting in the Public Interest


Yan Luo is interested in the relationships among corporate governance, audit quality, and corporate disclosure in both U.S. and international settings. Her current research focuses on the economic consequences of governance quality, the determinants and consequences of the transparency of corporate disclosures, and the determinants of audit quality.

  • Li, V., & Luo, Y. (2024). Changes in accounting estimates during the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. Asian Review of Accounting, 32(2), 223-248.
  • Lei, L., & Luo, Y. (2024). Aggregate Economic Policy Uncertainty and Corporate Political Contribution Disclosure. Journal of Accounting Literature. 46 (2), 170-199
  • Lei, L., & Luo, Y. (2023). Political/Policy Uncertainty, Corporate Disclosure, and Information Asymmetry. Accounting Perspectives22(1), 87–110.
  • Li, V., & Luo, Y. (2023). Costs and Benefits of Auditors’ Disclosures of Critical Audit Matters: Initial Evidence from the United States. Advances in Accounting, 60(1), 100641.
  • Luo, Y., & Salterio, S. (2021). Toward an Archival Measure of the Likelihood of Auditor‐Client Management Negotiation: An Exploration of the Audit Lag Measures Conjecture. Accounting Perspective20(1), 109–143. 
  • DeBoskey, D., Y. Li., G. Lobo., & Luo, Y. (2020). Corporate Political Transparency and Cost of Debt. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 57,111–145. 
  • Lei, L., Li, Y., & Luo, Y. (2019). Social Media and the Corporate Information Environment: A Review. Journal of Accounting Literature42(June), 29–43.
  • Chang, J., & Luo, Y. (2019). Data Visualization and Cognitive Biases in Audits. Managerial Auditing Journal36(1), 1–16.
  • Lei, L., Li, Y., & Luo, Y. (2018). Social Media and Voluntary Nonfinancial Disclosure: Evidence from Twitter Presence and Corporate Political Disclosure. Journal of Information Systems33(2), 99–128.
  • DeBoskey, D., Luo, Y., & Wang, J. (2018). Do Specialized Board Committees Impact the Transparency of Corporate Political Disclosure? Evidence from S&P 500 Companies. Research in Accounting Regulation30(2018), 8–19.
  • Luo, Y., & Krivogorsky, V. (2017). The Materiality of Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance Information: Case for Disclosure. Research in Accounting Regulation29(1), 69–74.
  • Luo, Y., & Salterio, S. E. (2014). Governance Quality in a “Comply or Explain” Governance Disclosure Regime. Corporate Governance: An International Review22(6), 460–481.
Valerie Li, PhD

[email protected]
Phone: 619-594-3355

Valerie Li’s research interests are in the areas of financial misstatements, executive compensation, auditing, and the properties of reported accounting numbers. Her current research focuses on the consequences of executive turnover, the determinants and consequences of expanded auditors’ report, and corporate ESG disclosures about environmental, social, and corporate governance.  

  • Li, V. (2024). Groupthink tendencies in top management teams and financial reporting fraud, Accounting and Business Research 54 (3): 255-277. 
  • Li, V., & Luo, Y. (2024). Changes in accounting estimates during the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. Asian Review of Accounting, 32(2), 223-248.
  • Du, Q., V. Li, and L. Wang. (2024). The Spouse effect and CEO risk-taking, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance 35 (1): 166-177. 
  • Li, V. (2023). Groupthink tendencies in top management teams and financial reporting fraud, Accounting and Business Research [Forthcoming].
  • Li, V., and Y. Luo. (2023). Costs and benefits of auditors’ disclosures of critical audit matters: Initial evidence from the United States, Advances in Accounting 60, 100641 
  • Curtis, A., V. Li, and P. Patrick. (2021). The use of adjusted earnings in performance evaluation, Review of Accounting Studies 26: 1290-1322. 
  • Li, V. (2019). The effect of real earnings management on the persistence and informativeness of earnings, solo-authored, The British Accounting Review 51: 402-423
  • Li, V. (2016). Do false financial statements distort peer firms’ decisions? The Accounting Review 91 (1): 251-278.
Lin Wang, PhD

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Phone: 619-594-0625

Lin Wang conducts research in the areas of corporate governance, tax policies, and cybersecurity issues. Her current research focuses on the impact of audit committee and top executive characteristics on different firm policies and accounting qualities, CEO characteristics and tax avoidance, and board of directors and cybersecurity prevention and disclosures.

  • Du, Q., V. Li, and L. Wang. (2024). The Spouse effect and CEO risk-taking, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance 35 (1): 166-177.
  • Chris, He, Huangfu, J., Kohlbeck, M., & Wang, L. (2023). The Impact of Customer-Reported Cybersecurity Breaches on Key Supplier Innovations and Relationship Disruption. Journal of Information Systems.
  • Audrey Jullien. 2024. Cognitive Biases in Audit-related Artification Intelligence, mentored by Dr. Yan Luo

  • Juliana Wherrett. 2024. Diversity Drives Success: Unleashing Innovation and Performance in Corporations,  mentored by Dr. Yan Luo

  • Mellissa Lam. 2023. Demographic Differences between Departing and Incoming Audit Partners and Changes in Audit Quality, mentored by Lin Wang

  • David Hampton. 2022. Corporate disclosure of climate change risk – A pilot study, mentored by Valerie Li

  • Isabella Gaffney. 2021. Understanding DEI in Accounting Profession through Data Visualization, mentored by Yan Luo

  • Isabella Gaffney. 2020. Big Data Analytics and Visualization: Tools to Detect, Mitigate, and Prevent P-Card Fraud, mentored by Yan Luo

  • Fiona Jahn. 2016. Professional Skepticism in Auditing: The Challenge of Unconscious Biases, mentored by Yan Luo

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