Faculty Directory

Leslie Robinson

Associate Professor of Business Administration



DegreeBS/MSA, Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, Wake Forest University, 1999; PhD, Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

AREAS OF EXPERTISEFinancial reporting and taxation

Current Research Topics

  • Interaction between financial reporting and tax policy
  • Financial reporting and tax policy issues pertaining to multinational operations

Selected Publications

  • With J. Blouin, "Insights from academic participation in the FAF’s initial PIR: The PIR of FIN 48." Accounting Horizons 28(3), 2014
  • With P. Stocken, "Location of decision-rights within multinational firms." Journal of Accounting Research 51(5), 2013
  • With A. Schmidt, "Firm and investor responses to uncertain tax benefit disclosure requirements." Journal of the American Taxation Association 35(2), 2013
  • With P. Lisowsky and A. Schmidt, "Do publicly disclosed tax reserves tell us about privately disclosed tax shelter activity?" Journal of Accounting Research 51(3), 2013
  • With J. Blouin and L. Krull, "Is U.S. multinational dividend repatriation policy influenced by reporting incentives?" The Accounting Review 87(5), 2012
  • With J. Slemrod, "Understanding multidimensional tax systems." International Tax and Public Finance 19(2), 2012
  • With L. Mills and R. Sansing, "FIN 48 and tax compliance." The Accounting Review 85(5), 2010
  • "Do firms incur costs to avoid reducing pre-tax earnings? Evidence from the accounting for low-income housing tax credits." The Accounting Review 85(2), 2010
  • With R. Sansing, "The effect of ‘invisible’ tax preferences on investment and tax preference measures." Journal of Accounting and Economics 46: 2008

Working Papers

  • With J. Blouin and L. Krull, "The location, composition, and investment implications of permanently reinvested earnings."
  • With D. Creal, J. Rogers, and S. Zechman, "The multinational advantage."
  • With K. Lewellen, “Internal ownership structures of U.S. multinational firms.”
  • With B. Stomberg and E. Towery. “One size does not fit all: How uniform accounting rules affect relevance.”
  • With T. Belz, M. Ruf, and C. Steffens. “Tax avoidance as a driver of mergers and acquisitions.”
  • With J. Blouin and J. Seidman. “ Conflicting transfer pricing incentives and the role of coordination.”
  • With K. Markle. “Tax haven use across international tax regimes.”
  • “Corporate non-income tax avoidance.”


  • Research grant ($120,000), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2012
  • Research grant ($10,000), Chicago Booth School of Business, 2011
  • Research grant ($15,000), International Tax Policy Forum, 2010
  • Research grant ($15,000), International Tax Policy Forum, 2009
  • Research grant ($12,000), Chicago Booth School of Business, 2009
  • Best Manuscript Award, Journal of the American Taxation Association, 2014
  • Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40 List, Poets & Quants, 2011, 2014
  • Special Sworn Employee, Bureau of Economic Analysis, status granted in 2007
  • AICPA Candidate High Distinction Report – CPA Exam, 1999
  • Merit Scholarship – MSA Degree, Wake Forest University, 1998

Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Tuck School of Business, 2014–present 
  • Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2010–2014
  • Assistant Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2006–2010
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the American Taxation Association, 2011–2014
  • BEA Special Sworn Employee, 2007–present
  • Financial Accounting Foundation, Academic Advisor, 2010–2012
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, MaTax, 2014–2017
  • Visitor, Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University, Spring 2013
  • McKinsey & Company, 2009–present (early tenure learning)
  • Adjunct Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC, 2001–2003

Nonacademic Positions

  • Manager of Tax Research and Planning, Wachovia Bank, 2001–2002
  • Tax Consulting Senior, E&Y, 1999–2001

Research & Teaching

Professor Robinson teaches Tuck's financial accounting core course, as well as an elective on taxes and business strategy. Her interests include the interaction between financial reporting and tax policy, and her research centers on multinational firms.