Joel S. Demski

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Dr. Joel Demski
Nationality United States
Fields Accounting
Institutions University of Florida
Yale University
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of Chicago

Joel Demski is an American accounting researcher and educator.

Currently the Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar at University of Florida, he has also been a professor at Stanford University and Yale University as well as at University of Florida. He is a past president of the American Accounting Association.

He is author of numerous articles and of books including:

  • Information Analysis, 1980.
  • Managerial Uses of Accounting Information, 1994.
  • Managerial Uses of Accounting Information: Second Edition, 2008.
  • Cost Determination: A Conceptual Approach, with Gerald A. Feltham, 1976.

In 1994, along with co-author Gerald A. Feltham, he was awarded the Seminal Contributions in Accounting Literature Award for their article "Economic Incentives in Budgetary Control Systems" published in The Accounting Review in April, 1978.[1]

He received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award of the American Accounting Association in 1986.[2]

In 2000, Demski was one of three inductees to the Accounting Hall of Fame, a program hosted by Ohio State University which honors top academics and practitioners nation- and world-wide.[1]

An excerpt from the Hall of Fame biography comments on his research contributions:

His pathbreaking work on applications of information economics and agency theory to accounting is presented in 60 published journal articles, 5 books, and over 25 other published papers. His work and that of the countless students he inspired has created a new domain for accounting theory. He is one of the most widely cited authors in the accounting literature and many of his papers have been awarded national prizes for their importance and influence. One of his first papers, "An Accounting System Structured on a Linear Programming Model," won the 1967 AICPA Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Accounting Literature and 3 years later, another paper, "The Use of Models in Information Evaluation" (written with his former colleague Gerald Feltham), captured the same award.

Mr. Demski received a BSE in industrial engineering (1962) from the University of Michigan and enrolled in its MBA program where he encountered William A. Paton and took courses from Stephen A. Zeff and Samuel R. Hepworth. He received his MBA degree with high distinction in 1963.


  1. ^ Accounting Hall of Fame


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