Christian Leuz studied Business Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany from 1987-1990; he received an M.S. (finance), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991; Ph.D. summa cum laude (business economics), Goethe University Frankfurt, 1996; Habilitation (German post-doctoral degree), Goethe University Frankfurt, 2000.
He studies the role of disclosure and transparency in capital and other markets, the effects of disclosure and securities regulation, international accounting as well as corporate governance and corporate financing decisions.
Selected Publications include: With Hans Christensen and Luzi Hail, "Capital-Market Effects of Securities Regulation: Prior Conditions, Implementation and Enforcement," Review of Financial Studies (2016). With F. Oberholzer, "Political Relationships, Global Financing, and Corporate Transparency: Evidence from Indonesia," Journal of Financial Economics (2006). With B. Bushee, "Economic Consequences of SEC Disclosure Regulation: Evidence from the OTCBB," Journal of Accounting and Economics (2005). With D. Nanda and P. Wysocki, "Earnings Management and Investor Protection: An International Comparison," Journal of Financial Economics (2003).
He has received several awards and honors, including the 2016 and 2014 Distinguished Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award, a Humboldt Research Award in 2012, the 2011 Wildman Medal Award, the 2011 Allen & Overy Law Prize as well as a JFE All-Star-Paper Award.
He is a Co-Director of the Initiative on Global Markets at Chicago Booth and a co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research. Associate Editor: Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2006-2011 and European Accounting Review, 2000-2004. Editorial board member: Journal of Accounting Research, 2005-2011; The Accounting Review, 2005-2008; Review of Accounting Studies, 2011-2013; Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, 2004-present; Review of Managerial Science, 2006-present; International Journal of Accounting, 2005-2009. Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Fellow: ECGI, Wharton Financial Institutions Center, Center for Financial Studies, and the CESifo Research Network. Fulbright Scholarship, 1990-91.