Faculty Directory

Leslie A. 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 taxation issues pertaining to multinational operations

Selected Publications

  • 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

Working Papers

  • With J. Blouin and L. Krull, "Where in the World are “Permanently Reinvested” Earnings?"
  • With D. Creal, J. Rogers, and S. Zechman, "The Multinational Advantage"
  • With P. Stocken, "Location of Decision-Rights Within Multinational Firms"
  • With K. Lewellen, “Internal Ownership Structures of U.S. Multinational Firms”


  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research grant, 2012
  • Fama-Miller Center research grant, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago, 2011
  • International Tax Policy Forum research grant, 2009 and 2010
  • Initiative on Global Markets research grant, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago, 2009
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Candidate High Distinction Report, 1999
  • Calloway School Fellowship, 1998–99

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Visiting researcher, Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University, Spring 2013
  • McKinsey & Company, 2009–present (early tenure learning)
  • BEA Special Sworn Employee, 2007–present; Tuck School of Business, 2006–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001–03

Nonacademic positions

  • Tax Manager, Wachovia Corporation, 2001–02
  • Tax Senior, Ernst & Young LLP, 1999–2001

Personal Website

Professor Robinson teaches Tuck's financial accounting core course. Her research interests include the interaction of tax and accounting policy, and the tax and accounting issues associated with foreign operations.

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