Stephen G. Ryan

Stephen G. Ryan

Joined Stern 1990

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 10-73
New York, NY 10012

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Stephen G. Ryan is the Vincent C. Ross Professor of Accounting at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Ryan currently teaches Principles of Financial Accounting in the undergraduate program, Accounting for Financial Instruments in the MS in Accounting program, Analysis of Financial Institutions in the undergraduate and MBA programs, and a doctoral seminar on banking and debt contracting.

Professor Ryan has been at Stern since 1990. His primary research areas include accounting measurement, accounting-based valuation and risk assessment, and financial reporting by financial institutions and for financial instruments. Professor Ryan has published in numerous journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Management Science, and the Review of Accounting Studies. He is also the author of Financial Instruments and Institutions: Accounting and Disclosure Rules, second edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2007). Before joining Stern, Professor Ryan worked at Yale School of Organization and Management and Bain and Company.

Professor Ryan served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the advisory body for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, from 2000-2003. He has also served on the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Liabilities and Equity Resource and Financial Institutions Advisory groups and chaired the American Accounting Association's Financial Accounting Standards and Financial Reporting Issues Conference committees. Professor Ryan served on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Financial Advisory Roundtable from 2012-2018.

Professor Ryan’s served as an editor of the Review of Accounting Studies from 2006-2011 and as a guest editor for the Journal of Accounting Research from 2015-2018. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting and Economics and Review of Accounting Studies.

Professor Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and his Doctor of Philosophy in business from Stanford University.

Research Interests

  • Accounting measurement
  • Accounting-based valuation and risk assessment
  • Financial reporting by financial institutions and for financial instruments

Courses Taught

  • Accounting for Financial Instruments (BS/MS in accounting program)
  • Analysis of Financial Institutions (BS and MBA programs)
  • Empirical Accounting Research on Banking and Debt Contracting (PhD program)
  • Principles of Accounting (BS program)

Academic Background

Ph.D., Business, 1988
Stanford University

A.B., Economics/Philosophy, 1981
Dartmouth University

Awards & Appointments

American Accounting Association Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Best Paper Prize 2011
The Accounting Review Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence for one of the 50 best articles 2009
Accounting Horizons Co-winner Best Paper Prize 2006
Accounting Horizons Co-winner Best Paper Prize 2004

Selected Publications

Keum, D, and S. Ryan (2023)
Strategic Upward-Striving toward $100 Million Revenue: Setting Goals to Attract External Attention
Organization Science, forthcoming.

Ryan, S., and B. Seitz (2023)
Gross versus Net Balance Sheet Presentation of Offsetting Derivatives Assets and Liabilities
Review of Accounting Studies, 28 (4): 2516-2555.

Neilson, J., S. Ryan, K. Wang, and B. Xie (2022)
Asset-level Transparency and the (E)valuation of Asset-Backed Securities
Journal of Accounting Research, 60 (3): 1131-1183

Badia, M., M. Duro, F. Penalva, and S. Ryan (2021)
Debiasing the Measurement of Conditional Conservatism
Journal of Accounting Research, 59 (4): 1221-1259

Khan, U., S. Ryan, and A. Varma (2019)
Fair Value versus Amortized Cost Measurement and the Timeliness of Other-than-Temporary Impairments: Evidence from the Insurance Industry
The Accounting Review, 2019, 94(6): 285-3017

Kim, S., S. Kim, and S. Ryan (2019)
Economic Consequences of the AOCI Filter Removal for Advanced Approaches Banks
The Accounting Review, 2019 (6): 309-335

Bhat, G., S. Ryan, and D. Vyas (2018)
The Implications of Credit Risk Modeling for Banks’ Loan Loss Provisions and Loan-Origination Procyclicality
Management Science, 2019, 65 (5): 2116-2141

Dou, Y, S. Ryan, and B. Xie (2018)
The Real Effects of FAS 166/167 on Banks’ Mortgage Approval and Sale Decisions
Journal of Accounting Research, 56 (3): 843-882

Areas of Expertise


  • Financial Reporting
  • Regulatory Bodies (FASB, IASB, PCAOB, SEC, IFRS, GAAP)
  • Valuation


  • IPOs


  • Housing/Real Estate
  • News Media