Leslie Robinson

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Leslie Robinson teaches financial accounting in the MBA and Business Bridge programs. Before joining the Tuck faculty in 2006, Leslie was an adjunct lecturer at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina where she earned her Ph.D. in Accounting. 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. Leslie has published her work in leading academic journals including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Journal of Accounting Research. Leslie receives grants by national and international policy organizations to fund ongoing research, which she is invited to present at conferences and business schools in the U.S. and abroad each year.

Before entering academia, she practiced as a CPA in the tax practice of Ernst & Young LLP and as a manager of tax planning for Wachovia Corporation from 1999 through 2002. The American Institute of CPAs named Leslie to the Candidate High Distinction Report in 1999 for being among the 100 highest scoring candidates nationally who took and passed all four sections of the CPA exam.


Targeting Successful Innovations For Tax Relief  //

Leslie Robinson evaluates tax regimes that favor the fruits of innovation. Read the article

Leslie Robinson Named One of the 40 Best B-School Profs Under 40 for the Second Time  //

Poets and Quants searched near and far to uncover this remarkable group of men and women who are rising stars in business academia. Read more

Ownership Structures of U.S. Multinational Firms  //

Using a proprietary dataset, the authors conduct a comprehensive analysis of the foreign ownership structures of U.S. multinational firms. The structures receive public attention because of their role in tax planning, but no academic study to date investigates the trade-offs involved in designing them jointly, or documents what the structures look like for typical firms. Download the PDF

The location, composition, and investment implications of permanently reinvested earnings  //

The authors use permanently reinvested earnings (PRE) reported in U.S. multinational corporations (MNCs) financial statements, combined with detailed information on foreign affiliate assets to estimate the location and composition of PRE. The findings from this study were quoted in the Wall Street Journal on March 10, 2013 (More U.S. Profits Parked Abroad, Saving on Taxes). Download the PDF






  • 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

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