Before joining NYU, Professor Lev held professorial positions at the University of Chicago, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University where he was dean of the business school and University of California at Berkeley (jointly appointed by the business and law schools).
Professor Lev received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, his Master of Business Administration and his doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago.
- Best Paper Award by the American Accounting Association, Western Regional Meeting, 2010, for “Managerial Ability and Earnings Quality.”
- A study of the "Most Prolific Authors in the Accounting Literature Over the Past Half-Century: 1959-2008"by Jean Heck, Saint Joseph's University, ranked me as number 4 (out of 626) in terms of adjusted (for number of coauthors) publications in the top five accounting journals (the three above me are from other universities).
- Received honorary doctorate, University of Limburg, Belgium, formed join by Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium) and Universiteit Maastricht (The Netherlands), 2008.
- Recipient, the Copernicus Chair in Economics, 2008, University of Ferrara, Italy.
- Runner Up: The 2006 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing, Center for Responsible Business, University of California, Berkely, for the study “Is Doing Good Good for You? The Impact of Charitable Contributions On Corporate Performance,” with C. Petrovits and S. Radhakrishnan.
- The Stan Ross Award for Outstanding Academic Contribution to Practice. Given in 2005 by Financial Executives International and Baruch College for the paper “Taxable Income, Future Earnings and Equity Values.”
- The 1999-2000 Wildman Medal Award given by the American Accounting Association for the research which has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of accounting.
- Voted by Accounting Today to the 100 Most Influential People in the accounting profession in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.
- Delivered the Ph.D. Leake Oxford University Series of Lectures, Oxford 1998.
- Awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Vaasa, Finland, 1998.