Marie Herly

Staff portrait: Marie Herly

Marie Herly is assistant professor at the Department.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business Economics?
I enrolled as a PhD student in 2009. I graduated in April 2015 and just started as an assistant professor.

What is your background?
I hold a BSc in Business Administration with German and an MSc in Finance and International Business, both from the former Aarhus School of Business. In fact, I can celebrate my ten year anniversary here in Aarhus this year.

What are your main areas of research?
I do empirical capital market research in the cross field between accounting and finance. For instance, my dissertation contained research about accounting quality, which measures how well financial statements reflect the underlying reality of the firm.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I'm working on two projects on restatements of financial statements in US firms. A restatement occurs if there is a serious mistake or irregularity in previously issued financial statements. In one project I examine if firms that have been subject to such a restatement improve their accounting quality afterwards, and in another I look at how restatements in banks spill over on the rest of the financial system.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I'm going to lecture financial accounting for the first time this fall. I'm quite excited about it, even though I've heard it takes a lot of effort to teach a course for the first time. Apart from that I also supervise bachelor and master theses, mainly in empirical finance and accounting.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
I'm going to present at the American Accounting Association Conference in Chicago this August.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
I had a visitor a couple of weeks ago from Stockholm School of Economics. I've also invited another, from Vienna University of Economics and Business who will give a seminar in the Finance Research Group this fall.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
Yes, I have a joint project with my two former supervisors Frank Thinggaard and Jan Bartholdy. I'm also working on a paper on the interaction between Danish banks and their corporate customers with my colleague Lene Gilje Justesen.

What do you do when you are not at work?
I mainly spend time with my family, my husband and our two girls who are one and four years old. Apart from that I very much enjoy cooking, especially cakes! To compensate for that, I also run once in a while. Finally, I like to read and watch TV series - right now I'm watching the final season of Mad Men, and I'm also a big fan of House of Cards.

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