Jack Stecher, PhD

Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business - Department of Accounting and Business Analytics


Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business - Department of Accounting and Business Analytics
(780) 492-5371
3-21E Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



I have a PhD from University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from University of Pennsylvania.  Before coming to University of Alberta, I was at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at NHH in Bergen, Norway.  In addition to my work in academe, I have over a decade of experience in industry.


My research is primarily focused on the effects of information and disclosure on capital markets and on private debt, with additional interests in more general questions related to decision making under risk and uncertainty. My research collaborations span numerous academic disciplines, including grants received related to finance and to cognitive neuroscience. I have published in top accounting and business journals, and also in economics, operations research, computer science, and analytical philosophy.


My overall teaching philosophy is to focus on the connection between accounting and other core and functional disciplines. I emphasize to my students the interdisciplinary aspects of learning, connecting my classes to what the students cover in the rest of their overall program. Students should see financial accounting as essential for understanding finance and financial economics. Similarly, when I have taught managerial accounting, I have stressed connections to operations, as well as links between cost measurement issues and financial reporting issues. Through learning the details of how accounting works (and it by nature involves details) in part of a broader context of the students’ overall coursework, the students develop an appreciation for and interest in the subject.


ACCTG 432 - Financial Statement Analysis

This course focuses on developing student understanding of the information in financial reports and how it relates to the intrinsic values of debt and equity securities, with an emphasis on equity. Additional topics may include using financial statements to learn about a firm's operations, valuing distressed companies, evaluating statements from not-for-profit organizations, and analyzing business combinations and divestitures, depending on instructor and student interests. Course materials will typically include the main financial statements of publicly traded companies. Corequisites: ACCTG 412 or 415.

ACCTG 610 - Financial Reporting for Managers and Analysts

Intended for students who would like to build on the financial accounting knowledge developed in ACCTG 501, and is especially useful for those contemplating a career in financial management. Useful both as a stand-alone course and as a foundation for further study in financial statement analysis. Provides further depth in balance sheet valuation and income measurement in order to enhance students' ability to use financial accounting as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCTG 501. Corequisite: FIN 501 or 503. Students may receive credit for only two of the following three courses: ACCTG 610, 614 and 615.

ACCTG 701 - Introduction to Accounting Research

A survey/history of accounting thought, introducing the major research approaches in accounting. Open to all doctoral students or with written permission of the instructor. Approval of the Associate Dean, PhD Program is also required for non-PhD students.

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Academic Advisory Committee Member, Accounting Standards Board

20190201 to 20220131

Acacemic Advisory Committee, AcSB

Other - Coordinating Editor, Theory and Decision

Started: 2019

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Other - Editorial Board Member, Advances in Accounting

Started: 2019

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Other - External Member, Executive Committee, Institute for Public Economics

Started: 2018

Institute for Public Economics

Featured Publications

Simon Grant, Patricia Rich, and Jack Stecher

Journal of Economic Theory. 2022 January; 199

Simon Grant, Patricia Rich, and Jack Stecher

Theory and Decision. 2020 October; 90 (3-4):309-320

Elif Incekara-Hafalir, Eungsik Kim, and Jack D Stecher

Experimental Economics. 2020 September; 24 (3):751-771 10.1007/s10683-020-09678-4

Michael Ebert, Dirk Simons, Jack D. Stecher

The Accounting Review. 2017 January; 92 (1):73-91

Jack Douglas Stecher, Mark van Atten

Annals of Operations Research. 2015 January; 225 (1):161-171

Jack Stecher, Jeroen Suijs

Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. 2012 January; 31 (4):341-355

Jack Douglas Stecher

Synthese. 2011 January; 181 (Supplement 1):49-63

John Dickhaut, Radhika Lunawat, Kira Pronin, Jack Stecher

Economic Theory. 2011 January; 48 (2-3):275-288

Jack Stecher, Timothy Shields, John Dickhaut

Management Science. 2011 January; 57 (4):705-712

Jack Douglas Stecher

Social Choice and Welfare. 2008 January; 30 (1):43-56