Professor Steven Young

Professor

Research Interests

My primary research interests involve the following three themes:

A. Financial text processing

  • My objective in this stream of research is to use natural language processing (NLP) and corpus linguistics methods to extract information from firms’ qualitative disclosures on a large-sample basis. My work involves harvesting financial text, building financial corpora, and generating new quantitative measures and resources from unstructured data.
  • The research method involves applying methods from NLP (e.g., simple word frequency counts, machine learning classifiers, topic models, etc.) and corpus linguistics (e.g., concordance, collocation, keyness, etc.).

B. Annual report narrative disclosures

  • My objective in this strand of research is to explore the properties, determinants and economic consequences of annual report narrative disclosures including performance commentary, governance statements, remuneration reports, and social responsibility disclosures. My primary focus is UK annual reports from 2003 to the present published by London Stock Exchange firms.
  • The research method involves large sample statistical analysis of the properties of annual report narratives and their association with firm characteristics and economic outcomes. I use NLP and corpus linguistic tools to translate qualitative disclosures into quantitative inputs to economic models.

C. Performance reporting

  • My objective in this stream of research is to explore empirically how alternative approaches to measuring and presenting periodic performance information (broadly defined) are associated with corporate strategy and firm value.
  • The research method relies on large sample statistical analysis linking performance-related disclosures in firms’ annual reports and earnings announcements with firm characteristics and economic outcomes.

RPMI Railpen workshop on NLP
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1st Accounting Workshop
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The 2nd Financial Narrative Processing Workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

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British Accounting and Finance Association Northern Area Group Annual Meeting
Participation in conference

8th WHU Summer Programme in Accounting Research (SPAR)
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Wolfe Research 2nd Annual European Quantitative and Macro Investment Conference
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35th European Accounting Association Doctoral Colloquium
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Workshop on Natural Language Processing in Financial Markets
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2018 JBFA Capital Markets Conference
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The 1st Financial Narrative Processing Workshop in LREC 2018
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Breakfast meeting to launch research report for Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)
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CFA Society UK research report launch
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6th WHU Summer Programme in Accounting Research (SPAR)
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British Accounting and Finance Association South West Accounting Group Annual Meeting 2015
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CFA Society UK Annual Conference
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European Accounting Association Doctoral Forum
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British Accounting and Finance Association Doctoral Symposium
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Presentation to Academic Panel
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Plenary speaker, Centre for Impression Management in Accounting Communication
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Business Ethics: A European Review (Journal)
Publication peer-review

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Plenary speaker, VII International Accounting Research Symposium
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Accounting, Organizations and Society (Journal)
Editorial activity

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Abacus (Journal)
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Review of Accounting Studies (Journal)
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Accounting and Business Research (Journal)
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Plenary speaker, VI International Accounting Research Symposium
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The Accounting Review (Journal)
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Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance (Journal)
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Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (Journal)
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Journal of Banking and Finance (Journal)
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Journal of Management and Governance (Journal)
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European Accounting Review (Journal)
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British Accounting Review (Journal)
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Accounting, Organizations and Society (Journal)
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Contemporary Accounting Research (Journal)
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Accounting and Business Research (Journal)
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British Accounting Review (Journal)
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  • Accounting, Finance, Governance and Banking
  • Financial Reporting
  • UCREL - University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language