John Barrios

Assistant Professor of Accounting

John Barrios

John M. Barrios is an assistant professor at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship group. Barrios' research interests focus on the intersection of labor economics, entrepreneurship, and financial and managerial accounting. Specifically, his research has examined the areas of new business formation, culture and economic behaviors, human capital, financial reporting, regulation, managerial incentives, and corporate governance. Barrios frequently presents his research at major international conferences such as the American Economic Association or the NBER Summer Institute. He has published in leading accounting, economics and finance journals such as the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Financial Economics. His research has been covered by The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, among others. Before joining Olin Business School, he served as an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Fujimori/Mou Faculty Scholar at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Barrios earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Miami. During his time in the Ph.D. program, he was awarded the KPMG Scholarship from the KPMG Foundation. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Miami and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Area of Expertise

Accounting, Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting, Regulation, Business/Corporate Strategy, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Health Economics, Law and Economics, Microeconomics/ Industrial Organization, Organizational Economics, Political Economy, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations


  • Ph D 2015, University of Miami
  • MPA 2010, University of Miami
  • BS 2009, Cornell University


  • Faculty Research Fellow , NBER's Program on Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, 2021
  • Becker Friedman Institute Grant for the Study of Economic Effects of the Coronavirus, 2020
  • Best Discussant Award Financial Reporting Section Meeting, 2018

Teaching Interests

Barrios teaches Financial Accounting at Olin.

Research Interests

Accounting and Disclosure, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Labor Economics, Industrial Organization and Productivity, Regulation

Personal Interests

Outside of academia, he enjoys reading history, politics, cooking, fly-fishing, wine tasting, and salsa dancing.

Selected Publications

  • "Ethical Noise", with Jeremy Bertomeu, Radhika Lunawat
  • "Launching with a Parachute: The Gig Economy and Entrepreneurial Entry", Journal of Financial Economics, with Yael Hochberg, Livia Yi, 2022
  • "Boards of a Feather: Homophily in Foreign Director Appointments Around the World", Journal of Accounting Research, with Pietro Bianchi, Helena Isidro, Dhananjay Nanda, 2021
  • "Risk Perceptions through the Lens of Politics in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic", Journal of Financial Economics, with Y. Hochberg, 2021
  • "Occupational Licensing and Accountant Quality: Evidence from the 150-Hour rule", Journal of Accounting Research, 2021
  • "Civic Capital and Social Distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic", Journal of Public Economics, with Efraim Benmelech, Yael Hochberg, Paolo Sapienza, Luigi Zingales