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 J. Blouin, "Insights from the initial post-implementation review of FIN 48." Conditionally accepted at Accounting Horizons, 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, "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

Research & Teaching

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.