Dr Mathew Abraham

Centre of Learning: Business, Hospitality and Tourism,

School: School of Business

Teaching Programme: Postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Business/Finance.

Research Speciality: My current research interests include equity market, tax imputation and behavioural finance. Currently I am working on a research paper on DRP underwriting under Australian tax imputation in collaboration with Associate Professor Alastair Marsden (Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Auckland) and James Lau of Macquarie University, Australia. I am also working on a research paper on the announcement effect of Brexit on the New Zealand Stock Market, using the event study method.



Mathew is both a finance professional and an econometrician having many years of experience in teaching, research and financial/industrial consultancy. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Department of Accounting and Finance, the University of Auckland. He has a number of publications to his credit in reputed journals, and his research interests include tax imputation, equity market and behavioural finance.


Academic Qualifications

2013: PhD in Finance, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

2006: NZQA Adult Teaching Certificate (60 credits)

1997: PhD in Economics, University of Pune, India. 

1991: M.Phil. in Economics with Statistics/Mathematics, University of Pune, India.


Professional Positions Held

Associated with the professional Masters programme through the School of Economics, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in terms of moderation/teaching/research (2014-2017).

Acted as an academic moderator in Economics for NZQA (2006).

Principal supervisor and examiner of three PhD theses in Economics, Pune University, India.

Industry project supervisor/ consultancy with industry clients, New Zealand (2007-2017).


Professional Distinctions and Memberships

Member of Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2018 (Yearly Membership)

Life Member of Beta-Gama Group through Auckland University Chapter (2013, and Life- Membership)

Research award from Whitireia Business School for conducting research on the impact of BREXIT on the New Zealand Stock Market, 2017

Best paper award in Accounting and Finance at the Global Finance Conference, Melbourne, 2017

Recognition from the President of SSRN (Social Science Research Net-Work) for being included in the top 10% of authors, 2017 & February 2018

Received 2013 Researcher’s Award from Whitireia, Wellington, New Zealand (First Recipient)

Graduate Fellowship Programme in SAS Programming, SAS Institute, Australia (2011)


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Abraham, M., Dempsey, M. & Marsden, A. (2015). 'Dividend reinvestment plans (DRPs): A tax- based incentive under the Australian imputation tax system.' Australian Tax Forum.

Abraham, M., Marsden, A, & Poskitt, R. (2015). Determinants of a Firm’s decision to utilize a Dividend Reinvestment Plan and Shareholder Participation Rates: Australian Evidence. Pacific Basin-Finance Journal, 31, 57-77

Abraham, M. (2013). 'Determinants of DRP participation rate under the Australian dividend tax imputation system.' International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, July 86-111.

Abraham, M. (2013). 'Tax refund for unused franking credits and shareholder pattern change: Australian evidence.' International Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 1(1), 1-15.


Refereed Conference Proceedings

Abraham, M., & Legg, G. (2017). IFRS and Accounting Quality: New Zealand Evidence. Global Business and Social Science Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Abraham, M. (2013). Tax based preference for dividend reinvestment plans: Australian evidence. Finance and Economics 2013 Conference of Lupcon Centre for Business Research. Frankfurt, Germany.

Abraham, M. (2009). Dividend Reinvestment Plans: An Empirical Analysis. Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Adelaide, Australia.


Other Forms of Dissemination

Abraham, M., Marsden, A., & Lau, J (2017). Underwriting of Australian Dividend Reinvestment Plans. New Zealand Finance Colloquium, Auckland.

Abraham, M., Marsden, A. & Poskitt. R. (2014). Determinants of a Firm’s decision to utilize a Dividend Reinvestment Plan. New Zealand and Australia Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Abraham, M., Marsden, A., & Poskitt. R. (2012). Determinants of Australian DRP adopters. New Zealand Finance Colloquium (Massey University), Auckland, New Zealand.

Abraham, M. (2016). Brexit and Disposition Effect. Evidence from New Zealand, Australia and Indian Stock Markets. SSRN. Retrieved 2016, from https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2869450

Abraham, M. (2016). Determinants of Residential Property Value in New Zealand: A Neural Network Approach. SSRN. Retrieved 2016, from https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2866115

Abraham, M. (2014). A Longitudinal Study of Possible Links between Tax Imputation and Dividend Reinvestment Plans. SSRN. Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2430555


Research Contribution

Reviewed research papers on managerial finance for Emerald Publications.

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