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"How does accounting facilitate corporate finance? New evidence from real estate leases”

Event details of ABS Accounting Seminar: Jordan Schoenfeld (University of Utah)
Date 4 July 2022
Time 10:30 -12:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building M
Room M0.02


A longstanding conjecture is that accounting is meant to facilitate corporate finance by reducing contracting costs between firms and capital providers. This study conducts one of the first systematic analyses of the purpose, benefits, and costs of using accounting in contracts for lease financing, which rivals lending as a source of corporate financing. Using a novel dataset of U.S. commercial real estate lease contracts, I find that these contracts often specify lease payments in which tenants pay a percentage of their monthly revenues in rent, rather than a fixed amount. The adoption of this type of lease is significantly linked to landlord-tenant risk-sharing motives and lower default rates. Overall, these findings make explicit how accounting's contracting role differs for lease and debt financing, and inform accounting standard setters such as the FASB, which is continuously engaged in modifying standards that can affect the revenue metrics used in these contracts.

General information:

Attendance to this hybrid seminar is possible by invitation only. Please send an e-mail to if your are interested in attending this seminar.

Roeterseilandcampus - building M

Room M0.02

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam