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Leslie Robinson

Professor of Business Administration





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

Areas of Expertise

Financial accounting, taxation


Taxes and Business Strategy
Financial Accounting


Leslie Robinson teaches financial accounting in the MBA and Business Bridge programs. She is among Poets and Quants' 40 best business school professors under the age of 40. Her research interests include the interaction of tax and accounting policy, and her expertise centers on the tax and accounting issues associated with multinational operations.

Current Research Topics

  • Intersection of financial accounting and tax law;
  • Financial accounting and tax law issues pertaining to multinational firms
  • Tax policies for intellectual property


Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • Professor (with tenure), Tuck School of Business, 2019–present 
  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Tuck School of Business, 2014–19 
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2019
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Paderborn, Germany, 2019
  • Visiting Scholar, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, 2017–18
  • Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2010–14
  • Assistant Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2006–10
  • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Business Taxation, Said Business School, Oxford University, 2013, 2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC, 2001–03

Nonacademic Positions

  • Litigation Consulting, U.S. Department of Justice, 2016–present
  • Manager of Tax Research and Planning, Wachovia Bank, 2001–02
  • Tax Consulting Senior, E&Y, 1999–2001

Editorial Positions

Ad hoc reviewer:

  • Accounting Horizons
  • Contemporary Accounting Research
  • European Accounting Review
  • International Journal of Accounting
  • International Tax and Public Finance
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • Journal of the American Taxation Association
  • Journal of Economic Surveys
  • Journal of Public Economics
  • Management Science
  • Review of Accounting Studies
  • The Accounting Review
  • FARS annual meetings
  • AAA annual meetings
  • CAR annual meetings


  • Research grant ($15,000), International Tax Policy Forum, 2019
  • Research grant ($15,000), International Tax Policy Forum, 2015
  • 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
  • Oustanding Manuscript Award, American Taxation Association, 2016
  • 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

Working Papers

  • With J. Blouin, "Accounting for the profits of multinational enterprises: Double counting and misattribution of foreign affiliate income," 2022. STATUS: Conditionally accepted at Journal of Public Economics.
  • With J. Blouin, L. Krull, "The tax cuts and jobs act and investment efficiency: The role of accounting," 2023. STATUS: Accepted at the UNC Tax Symposium.
  • With S. Froymovich, Y. Konchitchki, "U.S. import tariffs and domestic Corporate Performance," 2023. STATUS: Accepted at the UNC Tax Symposium.
  • W J. Hoopes, J. Slemrod, Corporate tax disclosure," 2022. STATUS: Revise and resubmit, Journal of the American Taxation Association.

Selected Publications

  • With H. Amberger, "The Initial Effect of U.S. Tax Reform on Foreign Acquisitions," Review of Accounting Studies, 2023
  • With S. Bradley and M. Ruf, "The impact of intellectual property box tax regimes on the M&A market," Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2021.
  • With J. Blouin and L. Krull, "A Festschrift in Honor of Harry Grubert: Harry's Influence on the Research of Academic Accountants," National Tax Journal (March) Forum Section, 72 (1), 215–236, 2019
  • With J. Hoopes and J. Slemrod, "Public Tax-Return Disclosure," Journal of Accounting and Economics, 66(1), 2018
  • With J. Blouin and J. Seidman, "Conflicting Transfer Pricing Incentives and the Role of Coordination," Contemporary Account Research, 35(1), 2018
  • With B. Stomberg and E. Towery, "One Size Does Not Fit All: How the Uniform Rules of FIN 48 Affect the Relevance of Income Tax Accounting," The Accounting Review, 91(4), 2016
  • With S. Bradley and E. Dauchy, "Cross-Country Evidence on the Preliminary Effects of Patent Box Regimes on Patent Activity and Ownership," National Tax Journal, 68(4), 2015
  • 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