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Leslie Robinson

Associate Professor of Business Administration





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BS/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 Expertise

Financial reporting and taxation

Current Research Topics

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

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

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

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