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Jeff Coulton

Jeff Coulton - Australian School of Business 


BEc (Hons I)

LLB University of Sydney

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW

Senior Lecturer


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Jeff Coulton is a Senior Lecturer in the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. Before joining UNSW, Jeff was a lecturer in the School of Accounting at UTS and prior to that at the University of Sydney. In 2006 he was teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Jeff worked as a solicitor for Corrs Chambers Westgarth for a number of years before returning to academia.

Jeff's research interests include voluntary disclosure, executive remuneration, corporate governance and earnings management, and he has published articles on earnings management, the disclosure of executive compensation and corporate governance.


Jeff's current teaching interest is in the area of financial statement analysis; focusing on business strategy analysis to inform the use of accounting information and other public disclosures in firm valuation. He has also experience in teaching financial reporting courses.


Selected journal papers


  • 'Corporate payout policies in Australia and a test of the life-cycle theory' (with C. Ruddock), 2010. Accounting and Finance, (forthcoming)
  • 'Accounting losses and earnings conservatism', with H. Balkrishna and S.L. Taylor, Accounting and Finance (2007) 47 (3), 381-400
  • 'Is 'Benchmark Beating' by Australian Firms Evidence of Earnings Management?' with S.J Taylor and S.L. Taylor, Accounting and Finance (2005), 45 (4), 553-576
  • 'Directors' Duties and Corporate Governance: Have We Gone too Far', with S. L. Taylor , Australian Accounting Review, (2004), 14 (1), 17-24
  • 'Options Awards for Australian CEOs: The Who, What and Why', with S. L. Taylor , Australian Accounting Review, (2002), 12 (1), 25-35
  • 'Accounting for Executive Stock Options: A Case Study in Avoiding Tough Decisions', with S. L. Taylor , Australian Accounting Review, (2002), 12 (1), 3-10





  • 'Measuring Earnings Management: A Review of Current Methods and Applications to 'New' Technologies', with S.J. Taylor and S.L. Taylor, Capital Markets Co-operative Research Centre Ltd, July 2002 (60 pages)

Research interests

  • Voluntary disclosure
  • Executive remuneration
  • Corporate governance
  • Earnings management

Research grants

 Courses taught

  • ACCT5910 Business Analysis and Valuation
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