The Department of Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics and Finance is renowned locally and internationally for its high quality research work in accounting and public sector accounting, economics and finance.

La Trobe ranks in the top 3 universities in Victoria and ‘at world standard’ for research in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability (ERA 2015-2016 assessment). And we rank ‘well above world standard’, and one of the top four in Australia, for Banking, Finance & Investment research. Our Economics and Applied Economics research also ranks ‘at world standard’ (Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018).

We have a congenial research environment and we encourage and support joint research with academics within the department, college and other universities. We encourage research on topical and contemporary issues that lead to publications in internationally recognised journals, and the professors and other senior staff are highly skilled to support such research.

The Department of Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics and Finance is committed to actively engaging with business, policy-makers and the professions in the pursuit of relevant and high impact research. The Department is an innovative research hub that focuses on delivering research outcomes that have significant impact on the community, and is home to researchers from around the globe.

While many of our staff conduct individual research in their areas of specialisation, the Department actively promotes cross disciplinary research that delivers effective outcomes for the private, public and non-profit sectors.

We have a diverse research program in economics and finance, including asset pricing and investment, corporate finance and governance, financial market microstructure and information, and financial econometrics and quantitative finance. Our academic staff members often publish influential papers with high impact in leading journals. We offer active Honours and PhD programs with our academic members available for PhD supervision in their respective research fields.

Our strong research focus and industry experience has enabled us to successfully develop and offer a range of postgraduate coursework degrees. Our highly popular Master of Financial Analysis provides a comprehensive coverage of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) curriculum and industry-linked subjects, with specializations in financial planning, financial risk management, and investment, along with double degrees with Business Administration, International Business, and Accounting.