Philip Brown

Emeritus Professor, BCom NSW, MBA PhD Chic., FCPA, FASSA

  • The University of Western Australia (M252), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1334 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Philip Brown AM, BCom UNSW, MBA PhD Chicago, DSc (Honoris Causa) Lancaster, FASSA, FCPA

Philip Brown is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Accounting and Finance at UWA, an Emeritus Professor of UWA, an Honorary Professor at UNSW, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at Lancaster University. At various times he has been Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford University in the USA, and at Lancaster University in the UK.

Prior to retirement in February 2013, Philip Brown held concurrent professorial appointments at UWA and UNSW. In 1991 he was the American Accounting Association's Distinguished International Visiting Lecturer; and in 1991/1992 he was the inaugural Coopers & Lybrand-Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand Visiting Research Professor in Australasia. Philip was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1978. In 1986 he and his University of Chicago colleague Ray Ball received the inaugural American Accounting Association's Seminal Contribution to Accounting Literature Award; and they were the American Accounting Association's Joint Presidential Scholars in 2012. In 1996 he received the inaugural Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand's Outstanding Contribution to the Accounting Research Literature Award, which he shared with the late RJ Chambers. In 2000 he was made a life member of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand;in 2010 he was inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame; and in 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

In accounting circles Philip is best known for his research into the role accounting reports play in informing financial markets. More recently he has focused on how the corporate governance arrangements of companies influence their disclosure policies, and how financial analysts and the market more generally respond to those policies.

Funding overview

Emeritus Professor Philip Brown 2007, “DP0877596 - Corporate governance, corporate disclosure policies and the timeliness of price discovery: How competitive is the Australian equity market?”, ARC Discovery Projects, Funds Approved: $92,000.00. RFCD:

Dr Ann Tarca, Emeritus Professor Philip Brown, Associate Professor Philip Hancock, Associate Professor David Woodliff 2005, “An Experimental Study of the Decision Usefulness of the IASB”s Proposed Comprehensive Income Statement”, International Association for Accounting Education and Research, Funds Approved: $20,000.00. RFCD:

Emeritus Professor Philip Brown 1996, “The effect of enhanced disclosure on the efficiency of the Australian Share Market”, SUNDRY GRANTS, Funds Approved: $5,000.00. RFCD:

Prof H Izan, Emeritus Professor Philip Brown, Mr D Walsh 1996, “Order flow on the Australian equities market”, ARC Small Grants, Funds Approved: $0.00. RFCD:


Corporate governance, share market microstructure, financial accounting standards


  • Accounting standards
  • Corporate governance
  • Equity markets

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Research Output 1992 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Ball and Brown (1968) after fifty years

Ball, R. & Brown, P., Feb 2019, In : Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. 53, p. 410-431 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Comments on Shan and Walter: ‘Towards a Set of Design Principles for Executive Compensation Contracts’

Beaumont, S., Ratiu, R., Reeb, D., Boyle, G., Brown, P., Szimayer, A., da Silva Rosa, R., Hillier, D., McColgan, P., Tsekeris, A., Howieson, B., Matolcsy, Z., Spiropoulos, H., Roberts, J., Smith, T., Zhou, Q., Swan, P. L., Taylor, S., Wright, S. & Yermack, D., 1 Dec 2016, In : Abacus. 52, 4, p. 685-771 87 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

7 Citations (Scopus)

Corporate Governance, Companies' Disclosure Practices and Market Transparency: A Cross Country Study

Beekes, W., Brown, P., Zhan, W. & Zhang, Q., 2016, In : Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. 43, 3-4, p. 263-297

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Market transparency
Cross-country study
Corporate governance
Share prices
21 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)
Accounting standards
Regression model
Rule of law
19 Citations (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

Corporate governance and the informativeness of disclosures in Australia: A re-examination

Beekes, W., Brown, P. & Zhang, Q., 2015, In : Accounting and Finance. 55, 4, p. 931-963

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Corporate governance

Projects 1996 2010