J. Edward Ketz

Associate Professor of Accounting
Department: Accounting
Office: 372 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-1361
Fax: 814-863-8393
E-mail: edketz@psu.edu
Member of Faculty Since: 1981


J. Edward Ketz, Ph.D., a member of the Penn State faculty since 1981, has authored and edited 17 books as well as numerous articles. Hidden Financial Risk (Wiley, 2003) examines the corporate culture and the institutional setting that engendered recent accounting scandals, informs investors how to protect themselves, and suggests improvements for the profession. Accounting Ethics (Routledge, 2006) investigates the accounting profession over the last century by scrutinizing its positions on ethics and its roles in accounting scandals and by exploring how to reduce the number of accounting frauds. Fair Value Measurements (BNA, 2007), co-authored with Mark Zyla, summarizes the FASB's efforts in this area, supplies the conceptual ideas behind this topic, describes methods employed by valuation assessors, and reviews criticisms of fair value measurements. 

Current Research

Professor Ketz's projects focus on the evaluation of corporate disclosures and measurements and ethical practices of managers and directors.


Accounting ethics
Financial accounting and reporting

Publication List

Catanach and Ketz, "Enron Ten Years Later--Lessons to Remember", The CPA Journal, May 2012, pp.16-20,22-23.

Ketz, "A Lease Accounting Case Study", Accounting Today, July 1, 2013, .

Media Mention

Groupon: E&Y's Accounting Challenged Client,  Forbes

Experts Back Beutsche Whistleblowers,  Financial Times

Loophole Used by MF Global Targeted by U.S. Accounting Body,  Chicago Tribune

Accounting Change Could Boost Companies Debt,  Wall Street Journal


ACCTG 473, Advanced Accounting

ACCTG 873, Advanced Accounting