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Ava Wu

Ava Wu

BCom (Hons) PhD ANU

Rm 433
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 0581


Ava Wu joined the University of Sydney Business School in 2015. Ava holds a PhD and a first-class honours degree from the Australian National University. Ava’s research interests cover a range of financial accounting and auditing topics such as the role of financial analyst expertise and their social connections, factors affecting analysts’ forecasting properties, the determinants of earnings quality, the role of audit quality and governance in brokerage firms. Ava’s papers have been published in leading international journals, including Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Abacus and Journal of Business Ethics. She has been awarded both internal and external research grants.

Ava has substantial teaching experience in financial accounting and management accounting subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has received teaching awards for excellence in tutoring. Ava has supervised a few honours students to completion and is currently co-supervising a PhD student at the Business School.

Research Interests

Ava Wu’s research interests are in the archival financial accounting and auditing areas. Ava’s current research projects focus on analyst forecasts and recommendations, the role of analyst expertise and their social connections, governance in brokerage firms and determinants of earnings quality. She has also conducted research in audit quality, exploring the role of auditor industry specialisation on analysts’ earnings forecast accuracy.

Selected publications


Journal Article

Wu M, Wilson M, and Wu A (2017) Was the Global Settlement Effective in Mitigating Systematic Bias in Affiliated Analyst Recommendations? Journal of Business Ethics, 146 (3), 485-503. [More Information]


Journal Article

Wu A, and Wilson M (2016) Audit Quality and Analyst Forecast Accuracy: The Impact of Forecast Horizon and Other Modeling Choices Auditing: a Journal of Practice and Theory, 35 (2), 167-185. [More Information]



Wu Y (2014) Audit Firm Industry Specialisation and Analyst Forecast Accuracy; The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia.


Journal Article

Wilson M, and Wu Y (2011) Do Publicly Signalled Earnings Management Incentives Affect Analyst Forecast Accuracy? Abacus, 47 (3), 315-342.

Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT3011 Financial Accounting B