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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Yao Yu

Assistant Professor



PhD, Nanyang Technological University, 2015
BBA, Xiamen University, 2009

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 9/2015-Present

Recent Honors / Awards

Research Excellence Award, Isenberg School of Management, 2019
Innovation Fellow, UMass Amherst, 2018
Commendable Performance in the PhD Program, Nanyang Technological University, 2016
Grant Recipient: Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grant, UMass Amherst, 2015

Research Interests

Internal Control Disclosure
Financial Information Comparability
Corporate Social Responsibility

Teaching Interests

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting

Selected Publications

Tan, H.-T., T. Xu, and Y. Yu. 2023. Language, perceived warmth, and investors’ reactions to audit committee reports. Contemporary Accounting Research, 40 (2), 1388–1417.

Guiral, A., D. Moon, H.-T. Tan, and Y. Yu. 2020. What Drives Investor Response to CSR Performance Reports? Contemporary Accounting Research 37 (1): 101-130. 

Tan, H.-T., and Y. Yu. 2018. Management's Responsibility Acceptance, Locus of Breach, and Investors' Reactions to Internal Control Reports. The Accounting Review 93 (6): 331–355.