Portrait image for Henry Friedman

Henry Friedman

Professor of Accounting
“Real progress requires actions that can be measured well.”
(310) 206-1503
Areas of Expertise:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Incentive Compensation
  • Reporting Quality
  • Securities Market Regulation and Standards


Henry Friedman is a professor of accounting. His research relates broadly to how information is produced and used in firms and capital markets. Using theoretical models and archival data, he studies issues involving corporate governance, regulation, disclosure, lobbying, investor preferences for corporate social responsibility, audit quality and non-audit services, executive compensation, entrepreneurship and common ownership. His research has been published widely in accounting, finance and management journals. He currently serves as an editor at the Review of Accounting Studies and the Journal of Financial Reporting, and on the editorial board of the Accounting Review. He previously served as an associate editor at Management Science.

At UCLA Anderson, Friedman teaches core financial accounting, runs an online pre-term course to help entering students prepare for their first-year accounting class, and co-teaches an elective on sustainability and ESG. Friedman previously taught at Wharton (core managerial accounting) and MIT (core financial accounting).


Financial Accounting


Ph.D. Accounting 2012, University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Accounting 2012, University of Pennsylvania

B.S. Economics 2007, University of Pennsylvania

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2007, University of Pennsylvania

Awards & Honors

The Accounting Review Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2022

AAA FARS Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award, 2022
Journal of Accounting Research Excellence in Refereeing, 2021

The Accounting Review Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2020

MAS Best Early Career Researcher Award, 2018

Global Research Award, UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management, 2012-2018

Competitive Manuscript Award, American Accounting Association, 2013

MAS Dissertation Award, AAA Management Accounting Section, 2013

Academic Fellow, UCLA Anderson Fink Center for Finance and Investments, 2012

Best Doctoral Student Paper, AAA Western Region Meeting, 2011

Mark O. Winkelman Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2012 Wharton Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2012

AAA Doctoral Consortium Fellow, 2011

Wharton Doctoral Student Travel Grant, 2011 GAPSA Research Travel Grant, 2011

Ernst and Young Travel Grant, 2011

Penn Materials Science and Engineering Department Faculty Appreciation Award, 2007

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2006

Wharton Undergraduate Dean’s List, 2004-2007

Wharton Research Scholars, 2003-2007

Joseph Wharton Scholars, 2003-2007

Benjamin Franklin Scholars, 2003-2007


Henry Friedman’s Published Work

Working Papers

Henry Friedman’s Working Papers