Assistant Professor, Accounting
Matthew Cedergren joined the accounting faculty of Santa Clara University in Fall 2020 after five years on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During the 2020-21 academic year, Matt will be teaching ACTG 11 (Introduction to Financial Accounting) and ACTG 132 (Advanced Financial Accounting).
Matt's research interests include management forecasting and disclosure, capital markets and initial public offerings, insider trading and securities litigation, and the information content of accounting measures. Matt's research has appeared in leading scholarly journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics and the Review of Accounting Studies. His published works have investigated the relationship between insider trading and class action litigation outcomes, how the experience of litigation influences a firm's disclosure policies, the impact of SEC quiet period regulations on IPO after-market trading, and the information content of debt valuation adjustments. Matt's ongoing research and working papers examine market responses to earnings per share growth caused by changes in shares outstanding, irregularities in the distribution of gross margins, the effects of changes in financial statement comprehensive income visibility, and other topics.
In joining Santa Clara, Matt is returning to the Silicon Valley area after a decade in New York and Philadelphia: Prior to his academic career, Matt worked for six years in the Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in San Jose, where his responsibilities included financial statement audits and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, focusing primarily on semiconductor firms as his client base. During this time, Matt got the opportunity to work with many outstanding Santa Clara alumni among his colleagues and clients. Matt's time at PwC San Jose overlapped with the wave of employee stock option backdating scandals that swept across many high-tech firms, and he worked on several notable backdating investigations, including those of Marvell Technology Group, Trident Microsystems, and Mercury Interactive.
Matt obtained his B.B.A. and M.Acc. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. from New York University. Matt is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in California. He lives in Santa Clara with his wife, Linlin, and a mischievous cat. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with family.