Erik Olson (BSAc ’12, MAcc ’13) | May 2024

Erik Olson Olson (BSAc 2012, MAcc 2013) was named one of Poets&Quants’ 2024 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors. He serves as Assistant Professor of Accounting at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

He began his career as a tax associate at KPMG, working in international tax and transfer pricing for a large multinational corporation based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In the summer of 2015, he left the private sector to pursue his PhD at Yale University.

His research primarily focuses on the impact of financial accounting and disclosure on firm capital allocation decisions. Specific topics include the “real effects” of accounting with a particular emphasis on the differential impact of retail and institutional investors on firm disclosure, corporate financial policy, and options markets.

He is winner of the “Thanks Teach” award for Teaching Excellence in 2021, as voted on by the full cohort of Vanderbilt MBA students in the classes of 2021 and 2022, and was a finalist for the award in 2022. He has also been a finalist for the prestigious Webb Award at the Owen Graduate School of Management.

Read more about Olson and how Senior Associate Dean and Fisher School of Accounting Director Gary McGill inspired him to be an accounting professor in this story from Poets&Quants