Published online: 10 March 2009
Ó Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
This double issue contains papers presented at a conference entitled, Current Topics
in Accounting Research, which was held at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke
University, Durham, NC in October, 2008. Review of Accounting Studies Editor
Katherine Schipper organized this conference. We would like to thank her, her staff
and her colleagues, especially Associate Dean Jennifer Francis, for their help and
hospitality. We also thank the Fuqua School for its ﬁnancial assistance. Cambridge
Business Publishers provided additional ﬁnancial assistance for which we are also
grateful. Finally, our thanks go to the paper discussants for their insightful
comments. Their discussions are published alongside the papers in this issue.
Barclays Global Investors sponsored a prize for the best conference paper, as
they have at previous conferences. This year, the best paper (selected by secret
ballot from conference attendees) was ‘‘Explicit relative performance evaluation in
performance-vested equity grants’’ by Mary Ellen Carter, Christopher D. Ittner and
Sarah L.C. Zechman. The Morgan Stanley prize for the best discussion was awarded
to Richard Lambert for his commentary on’’ On the relation between expected
returns and implied cost of capital’’ by John S. Hughes, Jing Liu and Jun Liu.
Congratulations to these winners, and thanks to the sponsors of the awards, Barclays
Global Investors and Morgan Stanley.
S. Baiman (&)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365, USA
Rev Account Stud (2009) 14:203