Professor Nissim earned his PhD in Accounting at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Columbia Business School in 1997 and served as the Chair of the Accounting Division from 2006 to 2009. Professor Nissim's research is primarily in the areas of earnings quality, fundamental analysis, and equity valuation. His studies investigate various issues related to fundamental and relative (price multiple) valuation, corporate and personal taxes, market efficiency, reliability and relevance of financial disclosures, corporate finance, and financial institutions. Professor Nissim's research has been published in such internationally acclaimed accounting and finance journals as the Journal of Accounting Research, the Accounting Review, the Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research and the Journal of Finance, as well as in practitioner-oriented journals such as the Financial Analysts Journal. Professor Nissim is an active participant at academic and professional conferences and is an editor of the Review of Accounting Studies. Professor Nissim's research is frequently cited in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, Time, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Chief Executive Magazine, The Economist, and the International Herald Tribune. Professor Nissim consults extensively, primarily on earnings quality, fundamentals-based analyses, valuation, and investment management.
At Columbia Business School, Professor Nissim teaches MBA, EMBA and PhD courses in financial accounting, earnings quality, fundamental analyses, and research methods. Professor Nissim serves as a co-director of the executive education program Finance and Accounting for the Non-financial Executive, and he regularly teaches in various executive education programs. Professor Nissim has received several honors and awards, including a prize from the Financial Executive Research Foundation for "the article from those published in the Accounting Review, which had the greatest import for users and preparers of financial reports," Morgan Stanley Award for Contributions to the Development of ModelWare Core Strategies, two nominations for the Brattle Prize at the Journal of Finance (outstanding paper in corporate finance), and two teaching awards: Columbia Business School Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in a Core Course, and Columbia Business School Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.