Rimmy E. Tomy’s research interests include financial reporting, bank accounting, regulation, and auditing. Her research focuses on the impact of regulatory intervention on firms' financial reporting and real activities, and the role of external monitors such as auditors and regulators in corporate oversight and governance.
Professor Tomy earned her Ph.D. in Accounting from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She holds an MS in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a post graduate diploma in Finance and Accounting from Xavier Institute of Management, and a BS from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.
Outside of academia, Professor Tomy has previous corporate experience working at Ernst & Young LLP and McKinsey & Company.
2018 - 2019 Course Schedule
REVISION: Threat of Entry and the Use of Discretion in Banks' Financial Reporting
This paper studies managers' use of accounting discretion to deter entry. Using state-level changes in branching regulation under the Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act, I find geographically-constrained community banks increased their loan loss provisions to appear less profitable when faced with the threat of entry by competitors. Additional tests rule out alternative explanations that firm economics or regulators drove the increase.
I complement my analyses with survey-based evidence. Findings from the survey confirm that banks prefer to locate in markets where incumbents have high profitability and low credit losses, and that banks use competitors' financial statements to analyze competition.
REVISION: Repatriation Taxes and Foreign Cash Holdings: The Impact of Anticipated Tax Reform
We examine whether anticipation of a repatriation tax reduction affects the amount of cash U.S. multinational corporations (MNCs) hold overseas. We find that U.S. MNCs most likely to benefit from a repatriation tax reduction accumulated significant cash holdings once Congress proposed legislation, at the expense of reduced shareholder payouts, relative to firms unlikely to benefit. This behavior was accompanied by complementary activities designed to maximize expected tax benefits. We contribute to the literature on how firms respond to tax-induced incentives, provide a new explanation for U.S. MNC cash holding growth, and raise questions about the consequences of U.S. tax reform.