Philip Brown

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

  • The University of Western Australia (M250), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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 and an Emeritus Professor of UWA. Formerly he was 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; they were the American Accounting Association's Joint Presidential Scholars in 2012; and in September 2019 they won the Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize for Quantitative Financial Innovation. In 1996 Philip 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

Research expertise keywords

  • Accounting standards
  • Corporate governance
  • Equity markets


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