Muskan Chawla

Muskan Chawla

Ph.D. Candidate, Accounting

UCLA Anderson School of Management


Hello! I am a rising fifth-year Accounting Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management. I am primarily interested in understanding how corporate disclosures impact innovation and influence supply chains. I am also interested in the intangibles and pharmaceuticals space. I am on the 2023-24 academic job market and expect to graduate in June 2024.

I earned my Masters degree in Finance (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics (LSE) and my Bachelors degree in Commerce (with Honors) from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in India. Prior to joining UCLA, I worked as a full-time research assistant at the Reserve Bank of India.

  • Disclosure
  • Innovation
  • Intangibles
  • Supply Chain
  • Healthcare, Pharma
  • M&A
  • Ph.D. in Management, Expected (2024)

    UCLA Anderson School of Management

  • MSc Finance, 2017

    London School of Economics, UK

  • MSc Financial Economics, 2016

    Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India

  • BComm (Hon), 2014

    Shri Ram College of Commerce, India


Climate Risk and the Cost of Information Opacity in Supply Chains
(with Jessica Kim-Gina)
This paper examines to what extent information opacity exacerbates climate risks in supply chains. Understanding the information frictions in supply chain settings is important because disruptions originating from an opaque supplier can impose greater risk to the supply chain as a whole than those originating from a non-opaque supplier. Using proxies for the firm’s public information environments, we empirically examine the differential effects of information frictions during supply chain disruptions. Using natural disasters as firm-specific idiosyncratic climate shocks on suppliers, we find that customer firms suffer more when disrupted suppliers have opaque information environments. Moreover, these effects spill over further to other supply chain participants that are not directly linked to disrupted suppliers. These results are consistent with the disrupted firm’s information opacity exposing its trade partners to greater climate risks, resulting in greater economic losses. Additionally, we find that firms increasingly search their suppliers’ SEC filings when their suppliers are hit by climate-related shocks, suggesting trade partners find information in SEC filings useful despite extensive private information sharing. Overall, our paper speaks to the growing concerns over misinformation having a real impact during supply chain disruptions and highlights the role of public information environments in the context of supply chain climate risks.


UCLA Anderson School of Management
Ph.D. Management (Accounting)
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Sep 2019 – Present California
Teaching Assistant
Summer 2022 - Financial Accounting Full-time MBA Core Course
Winter 2022 - Financial Accounting Executive MBA Core Course
Winter 2022 - Financial Accounting Full-time Executive MBA Core Course
Summer 2020 - Financial Accounting Full-time MBA Core Course

Research Assistant
Summer 2022
Winter 2021
Reserve Bank of India
Reserve Bank of India
Sep 2017 – May 2019 India
Research Associate
2017 to 2019 - Centre For Advanced Financial Research And Learning (CAFRAL)
Summer Intern
Summer 2015 - Financial Markets Risk Department (FMRD)