Ahmed Tahoun

Associate Professor of Accounting


Professor Tahoun is as an Associate Professor at London Business School. Tahoun has been a research scholar at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Wharton School, a faculty member at the London School of Economics, a research fellow at the University of Valencia, and a banker at HSBC. His research tackles important questions in society ranging from the quid-pro-quo relations between politicians and the corporate world, the economic consequences of the Egyptian Revolt, and the global development of securities law in response to corporate scandals during the past 200 years. He has also been engaged in comparative international work on executive compensation, looking for the roots of cross-country differences in pay packages. His current research agenda focuses on measuring a firm’s exposure to political risk and to technology shocks and exploring how this exposure affects firms in capital and factor markets. He has published his research in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Accounting Review and the Review of Finance. The New York Times and the FT have covered his work. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Accounting Research. Tahoun has been the recipient of five consecutive grants from the prestigious Institute of New Economic Thinking, he has twice received LBS’s faculty research award, he was granted the Referee of the Year award by the Journal of Accounting Research and was made a member of its editorial board. Tahoun was named as one of the Top 40 Professors under 40. Tahoun received his PhD from MBS and completed his doctoral training courses at the Wharton School and Tilburg University.

  • Economic consequences of transparency
  • Politics of financial markets


Firm-Level Exposure to Epidemic Diseases: Covid-19, SARS, and H1N1

Tahoun A; Hassan T A; Hollander S; van Lent L

Review of Financial Studies 2021 Revise & Resubmit


Firm-level political risk: measurement and effects

Hassan T; Hollander S; van Lent L; Tahoun A

Quarterly Journal of Economics 2019 November Vol 134:4 p 2145-2202

The personal wealth interests of politicians and government intervention in the economy

Tahoun A; Van Lent L

Review of Finance 2019 Vol 23:1 p 34-74


Corporate scandals and regulation

Hail L; Tahoun A; Wang C

Journal of Accounting Research 2018 Vol 56:2 p 617-671

Do firms strategically disseminate? Evidence from corporate use of social media

Jung M J; Naughton J P; Tahoun A; Wang C

Accounting Review 2018 Vol 93:4 p 225-252

The power of the street: evidence from Egypt's Arab Spring

Acemoglu D; Hassan T A; Tahoun A

Review of Financial Studies 2018 Vol 31:1 p 1-42


Do common inherited beliefs and values influence CEO pay?

Ellahie A; Tahoun A; Tuna I

Journal of Accounting and Economics 2017 Vol 64:2-3 p 346-367


Dividend payouts and information shocks

Hail L; Tahoun A; Wang C

Journal of Accounting Research 2014 Vol 52:2 p 403-456

The role of stock ownership by US Members of congress on the market for political favors

Tahoun A

Journal of Financial Economics 2014 January Vol 111:1 p 86-110


The influence of conditional conservatism on ownership dispersion: An international analysis

Ginera B; Tahoun A; Walker M

Spanish Journal of Finance and Accounting 2013 Vol 42:159 p 289-309


IFRS adoption in Europe and investment-cash flow sensitivity: Outsider versus insider economies

Schleicher T; Tahoun A; Walker M

International Journal of Accounting 2010 Vol 45:2 p 143-168


The Anatomy of Cyber Risk

Jamilov R; Rey H; Tahoun A

Social Sciences Research Network

The Diffusion of Disruptive Technologies

Bloom N; Hassan T A; Kalyani A; Lerner J; Tahoun A

Social Sciences Research Network


Firm-Level Exposure to Epidemic Diseases: Covid-19, SARS, and H1N1

Hassan T A; Hollander S; van Lent L; Tahoun A

Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Paper Series

The Geography of New Technologies

Bloom N; Hassan T A; Kalyani A; Lerner J; Tahoun A

Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Paper Series


Biased Executives

Tahoun A; van Lent L; Zhu M

Working Paper

Firm-level Political Risk and Credit Markets

Gad M; Nikolaev V V; Tahoun A; van Lent L

Social Sciences Research Network

Is firm-specific political risk priced?

Gorbatikov E; Naik N; Sharma V; Tahoun A; van Lent L

Working Paper

Political Lending

Tahoun A; Vasvari F P

Social Sciences Research Network

The Global Impact of Brexit Uncertainty

Hassan T A; van Lent L; Hollander S; Tahoun A

Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Paper Series

Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.

  • Masters Degrees core courses

    A key part of our Masters programmes curriculum.

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    • Accounting
      Gain a basic understanding of the financial reporting process and of managerial accounting. The financial accounting component will equip you with the skills needed to successfully analyse a relatively complex set of financial statements and to extract information from accounting data to make informed decisions. The managerial accounting component covers basic accounting techniques and the impact of strategic and organisational change on accounting information.
    • Performance-Driven Strategy Execution
      Learn some of the key tools and techniques to execute business strategies. Learn to organise business for better performance, identify and manage strategic risks, and understand key accounting issues facing today's firms. This course is for you if you plan to become a management consultant, an entrepreneur, a manager (e.g., CEO, CFO, product manager), or aim to have a career in private equity.
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  • PhD courses

    The first step to academic excellence.

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    • Accounting PhD Seminar IV
      The objective of this course is to give you a solid understanding of financial accounting research. The readings will mainly focus on archival research in financial accounting, and aim to develop the skill to critically evaluate research papers as well as generate research ideas for your summer papers and dissertation. The course will be taught in seminar style. The students are expected to have read all assigned readings (which will be announced a week before each session) and come to class prepared to present and critique the papers. In addition to the assigned readings for the week, time permitting, we will also discuss the Accounting Workshop paper of the week to facilitate the students' participation at the workshop.
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