Mason Snow

PhD Student
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus


I am a fifth-year accounting PhD candidate at Arizona State University, entering the 2021-2022 academic job market. 

I conduct capital markets research in accounting. For example, my dissertation provides a novel approach to using Big Data to support the investment process. Specifically, I demonstrate how transaction-level data (regarding firms' promotional pricing) can be used to predict future earnings surprises and abnormal returns. My working papers reflect other topics in financial accounting (e.g., analysts, real earnings management, fraud, etc.) and tax.

My teaching interests are flexible, but I would especially look forward to teaching data analytics and/or incorporating analytics into other accounting courses (e.g., cost accounting, audit, tax). Happy to teach any financial accounting course as well.

To view my working papers and teaching evaluations, please visit my personal website.

Research Activity

“Bearish Analysts and the Issuance of Difficult-to-Beat Forecasts,” with Andy Call and Nate Sharp.

  • Presented at the 2021 AAA Annual Meeting (Snow), 2020 AAA Western Region Meeting (Snow), 2021 FARS Midyear Meeting (Snow) Arizona State University (Snow), Baruch College (Call), the 2019 BYU Accounting Research Symposium (Snow), ESSEC Business School - Singapore (AC), Nanyang Technological University (Call), Penn State University (Call), and the University of Toronto (Call).


“Has PCAOB Oversight Increased Firms’ Use of Real Earnings Management?” with Phil Lamoreaux and Noah Myers.

  • Presented at the 2020 AAA Western Region Meeting (Myers), 2021 FARS Midyear Meeting (Snow), 2021 Auditing Midyear Meeting (Snow), 2020 BYU Accounting Research Symposium (Myers), the 2021 Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting (Snow), 2022 Hawaii Accounting Research Conference (Myers), Arizona State University (Snow), Maastricht University (Lamoreaux), the University of Connecticut (Lamoreaux), the University of Houston (Lamoreaux), and Utah Valley University (Myers).


“Can Tax-Induced Financial Pressure Spur Fraud? Evidence from Arson,” with Roger White

  • Presented at the 2021 Behavioural Finance Working Group Conference (Snow), and Arizona State University (White).


“Is there Consumer Backlash to Negative Tax News? Evidence from Household Purchases,” with Lauren Chenarides, Dane Christensen, and Dave Kenchington.

  • Presented at Arizona State University (Snow) and the University of Oregon (Kenchington).



Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ACC 231Uses of Accounting Info I

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