Karel Hrazdil

Academic Director, EMBA

Professor, Accounting

Area Coordinator, Accounting


Room: WMC 3361

Phone: 778.782.6790


Room: SGL 3615

Phone: 778.782.6516

Email: karel_hrazdil@sfu.ca

Curriculum Vitae: View


B. Comm., University of Alberta, PhD, University of Alberta, CPA, CGA (British Columbia)


Professor Karel Hrazdil, who joined the Beedie School of Business in August 2007, comes from a long family line of professors. Originally from the Czech Republic, Hrazdil moved to Canada in 1997 to complete his education, graduating with a PhD in accounting from the University of Alberta (UA) in 2007. He enjoys teaching as well as researching financial accounting and reporting in capital markets. A sports enthusiast, Hrazdil enjoys Judo (holds a black belt), scuba diving (PADI Divemaster), and skiing. He also regularly competes in tournaments in Racketlon, which combines the four most popular racquet sports in a single match (table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis).

Research Interests

Price formation process (market microstructure); Industry classification; Financial reporting quality

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Hrazdil, K., Simunic, D. A., & Suwanyangyuan, N. (2020). Are the Big 4 audit firms homogeneous? Further evidence from audit pricing. International Journal of Auditing, 24(3), 347-365. http://doi.org/10.1111/ijau.12198

Hrazdil, K., Novak, J., Rogo, R., Wiedman, C., & Zhang, R. (2020). Measuring executive personality using machine-learning algorithms: A new approach and audit fee-based validation tests. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 47(3-4), 519-544. http://doi.org/10.1111/jbfa.12406

Chung, D. Y., Hrazdil, K., Novak, J., & Suwanyangyuan, N. (2019). Does the large amount of information in corporate disclosures hinder or enhance price discovery in the capital market? Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, 15(1), 36-52. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcae.2018.12.001

Nazari, J. A., Hrazdil, K., & Mahmoudian, F. (2017). Assessing social and environmental performance through narrative complexity in CSR reports. Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, 13(2), 166-178. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcae.2017.05.002

Chung, D. Y., Hrazdil, K., & Li, X. (2017). The effect of industry classification on analyst following and the properties of their earnings forecasts. Applied Economics Letters, 24(6), 417-421. http://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2016.1197362

Chung, D., Hrazdil, K., & Suwanyangyuan, N. (2016). Disclosure quantity and the efficiency of price discovery Evidence from the Toronto Stock Exchange. Review of Accounting and Finance, 15(2), 122-143. http://doi.org/10.1108/RAF-06-2015-0081

Chung, D. Y., Hrazdil, K., & Trottier, K. (2015). On the efficiency of intra-industry information transfers: The dilution of the overreaction anomaly. Journal of Banking and Finance, 60, 153-167. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.08.013

Chung, D. Y., & Hrazdil, K. (2015). The impact of trading floor closure on market efficiency: evidence from the Toronto Stock Exchange. Applied Economics, 47(56), 6102-6119. http://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2015.1064079

Hrazdil, K., Trottier, K., & Zhang, R. (2014). An intra- and inter-industry evaluation of three classification schemes common in capital market research. Applied Economics, 46(17), 2021-2033. http://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2014.892200

Chung, D., Hrazdil, K., & Trottier, K. (2014). Industry classification and the efficiency of intra-industry information transfers. American Journal of Business, 29(1), 95-111. http://doi.org/10.1108/AJB-03-2013-0014

Chung, D. Y., & Hrazdil, K. (2013). Speed of convergence to market efficiency in the ETFs market. Managerial Finance, 39(5), 457-475. http://doi.org/10.1108/03074351311313852

Hrazdil, K., & Scott, T. (2013). The role of industry classification in estimating discretionary accruals. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 40(1), 15-39. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11156-011-0268-6

Hrazdil, K., Trottier, K., & Zhang, R. (2013). A comparison of industry classification schemes: A large sample study. Economics Letters, 118(1), 77-80. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2012.09.022

Gordon, I. M., Hrazdil, K., & Shapiro, D. (2012). Corporate governance in publicly traded small firms: A study of Canadian venture exchange companies. Business Horizons, 55(6), 583-591. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2012.07.005

Chung, D. Y., & Hrazdil, K. (2012). Speed of convergence to market efficiency: The role of ECNs. Journal of Empirical Finance, 19(5), 702-720. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jempfin.2012.08.006

Hrazdil, K., & Zhang, R. (2012). The importance of industry classification in estimating concentration ratios. Economics Letters, 114(2), 224-227. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2011.10.001

Chung, D. Y., & Hrazdil, K. (2011). Market efficiency and the post-earnings announcement drift. Contemporary Accounting Research, 28(3), 926-956. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1911-3846.2011.01078.x

Chung, D. Y., & Hrazdil, K. (2010). Liquidity and market efficiency: Analysis of NASDAQ firms. Global Finance Journal, 21(3), 262-274. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfj.2010.09.004

Atanasova, C., & Hrazdil, K. (2010). Why do healthy firms freeze their defined-benefit pension plans? Global Finance Journal, 21(3), 293-303. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfj.2010.09.006

Chung, D., & Hrazdil, K. (2010). Liquidity and market efficiency: A large sample study. Journal of Banking and Finance, 34(10), 2346-2357. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2010.02.021

Hrazdil, K. (2010). S&P 500 index inclusion announcements: does the S&P committee tell us something new? Managerial Finance, 36(5), 368-393. http://doi.org/10.1108/03074351011039418

Hrazdil, K., & Scott, T. (2009). S&P 500 index revisited: Do index inclusion announcements convey information about firms' future performance? Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, 48(4), 79-113.

Hrazdil, K. (2009). The effect of demand on stock prices: new evidence from S&P 500 weight adjustments. Managerial Finance, 35(9), 732-753. http://doi.org/10.1108/03074350910973676

Hrazdil, K. (2009). The price, liquidity and information asymmetry changes associated with new S&P 500 additions. Managerial Finance, 35(7), 579-605. http://doi.org/10.1108/03074350910960337