Lisa LaViers is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Her research centers on the confluence of managerial and financial accounting. She employs a diverse range of research methodologies, including archival, field, and experimental approaches, which she views as a key strength of her research portfolio. One facet of her research investigates disclosures related to human capital management, such as CEO pay ratios and diversity disclosures. Together with her coauthors, she explores the impacts of these disclosures on investors, employees, and participants in the labor market.
Another aspect of Dr. LaViers’ research delves into how companies incentivize creative ideas. Her collaborative work examines methods for encouraging employees to share their ideas with managers and how the reward systems influence both the quality and nature of the ideas that employees choose to communicate.
Dr. LaViers has contributed to the Journal of Accounting Research and The Review of Accounting Studies. She has presented her research internationally, including at esteemed venues such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Investor Advocate, SunTrust Bank, Cornell University, Indiana University, the University of British Columbia, and the JAR Registered Reports Conference. Furthermore, she has secured research grants from notable organizations like the Institute of Management Accountants, the Center for Growth and Opportunity, and the Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant.
Prior to her tenure at the Freeman School, she earned her PhD in accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Emory University. Before embarking on her doctoral studies, Dr. LaViers dedicated several years to neuroeconomic research at the Center for Neuropolicy, exploring how the brain navigates the trade-offs between moral values and financial gain.