Prof. Dr. Michael Erkens

Michael Erkens
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Governance

Prof. Dr. Michael Erkens is Professor of Corporate Reporting at Nyenrode Business University. He is part of Nyenrode's Faculty Research Center for Corporate Reporting, Finance & Tax. His main research interests include firms' disclosure and reporting practices, executive compensation, and corporate governance. 

Michael’s research is published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and Accounting, Auditing and Control. It was awarded the Best Paper Award at the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, and the China Governmental Accounting Research Center.

Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Finance and received his Ph.D. in Financial Accounting with summa cum laude from Trier University, Germany. Next to his professorship at Nyenrode, he is also a professor of financial accounting and academic director at ERASMUS School of Economics, Rotterdam, and a visiting professor at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany, and Anton de Kom University, Suriname. Michael gained other international experience as a professor at HEC Paris, France, and as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Secondary positions

  • Professor and academic director at Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam.
  • Visiting professor at WHU, Germany, and Anton-de-Kom University, Suriname.


Michael enjoys spending time with his family, drinking wine, and listening to music in his music room at home.

Most relevant publications

  • Adam-Mueller, A.F.A., & Erkens, M.H.R. (2020). Risk disclosure noncompliance. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy 39
  • Erkens, M.H.R., Gan, Y., & Yurtoglu, B. (2018). Not all clawbacks are the same: Consequences of strong versus weak clawback provisions. Journal of Accounting and Economics 66 (1)
  • Erkens, M.H.R. (2016). Disclosure behavior of European firms around the adoption of IFRS. Springer Research.
  • Erkens, M.H.R., Jeanjean, T., Stolowy, H., & Yohn, T.L. (2015. International evidence on the impact of adopting English as an external reporting language. Journal of International Business Studies 46.
  • Erkens, M.H.R., Paugam, L., & Stolowy, H. (2015). Non-financial information: State of the art and research perspectives based on a bibliometric study. Accounting, Control, Audit 21