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Jeffrey Hales

Jeffrey Hales serves as the Chair of the Standards Board at Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) of the Value Reporting Foundation. In his role as Chair, he oversees the agenda setting and due process associated with the SASB standards development and maintenance. Before serving on the Standards Board, he chaired the Standards Council for the SASB. 

Dr. Hales teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Charles T. Zlatkovich Centennial Professor of Accounting. He is a graduate of the accounting program at Brigham Young University and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research interests center on accounting standard setting and regulation, individual decision making, and behavioral finance, using techniques from applied game theory, experimental economics, and psychology. His research has appeared in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Journal of Financial Economics, among other journals. He is serving a second term as an editor at Accounting Horizons, has previously been an editor for Contemporary Accounting Research, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals.

During the 2009-10 academic year, Dr. Hales was a Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, CT. In addition, he served as a member of the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2016-2019. In the United Kingdom, he served on the Financial Reporting Council’s Future of Corporate Reporting Advisory Group from 2018-2020, and he has been a member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board since 2018.