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Does Accountancy Board Composition Influence the Supply of New Accounting Professionals in US Jurisdictions?

Thomas G. Calderon (University of Akron, USA)
Albert Nagy (John Carroll University, USA)

Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations

ISBN: 978-1-80382-728-5, eISBN: 978-1-80382-727-8

Publication date: 12 December 2022

Abstract

The authors examined the association between accountancy board composition in the continental United States and indicators of the supply of new accounting graduates. In particular, the authors studied the association between the number of CPAs as well as the number of college educators that serve on State Accountancy Boards (SAB) and two key indicators of the future supply of future accounting professionals – number of CPA exam takers and number of accounting graduates from AACSB-accredited accounting programs. The descriptive statistics by the authors show 30% of jurisdictions have at least one accounting PhD who serves on the board, and on average 75.6% of board members are CPAs. The authors found that both the number of CPAs and the number of accounting educators on SABs are positively associated with the number of CPA exam takers as well as the number of accounting graduates from AACSB accounting programs. This suggests that accountancy board composition might be an important factor in influencing the supply of future accounting professionals. This research suggests that more strategic focus on the composition of accountancy boards is one approach that might be used to increase the supply of future accounting professionals. This observation is important as the supply of accounting graduates has declined recently and the states, NASBA, the AICPA, accounting programs and firms are keenly interested in increasing the supply of new accounting professionals in the United States.

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Calderon, T.G. and Nagy, A. (2022), "Does Accountancy Board Composition Influence the Supply of New Accounting Professionals in US Jurisdictions?", Calderon, T.G. (Ed.) Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations (Advances in Accounting Education, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 19-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1085-462220220000026002

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