Second Biennial Taxation Research Symposium

Current Research in Taxation

The University of Texas, Austin and University of Waterloo

Sponsored by:

The Waterloo Centre for Taxation in a Global Economy

The University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Waterloo will be hosting their second joint symposium on research in taxation. Building on the success of the previous conference, we look forward to providing a forum for stimulating discussion of emerging research topics.

The symposium is hosted by the Waterloo Centre for Taxation in a Global Economy, and the University of Texas, Austin. It will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, 2016, at the University of Waterloo. Consistent with the global focus of the Centre, the social elements of the event will have an Oktoberfest theme, an annual event in the Waterloo region since 1969 that officially begins this year on October 7.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, October 6

Time Location Details
2:00 – 2:30 DC 1300 Check in
2:30 – 3:40 DC 1302

Terry Shevlin, University of California at Irvine, Lakshmanan Shivakumar, London Business School, and Oktay Urcan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Macroeconomic effects of aggregate corporate tax avoidance: A cross-country analysis

Discussant: Tom Neubig, Visiting University of Michigan

4:10 – 5:20 DC1302

Lisa De Simone, Stanford University, Jing Huang, Virginia Tech, and Linda Krull, University of Oregon

R&D and the rising foreign profitability of U.S. multinational corporations

Discussant: Ed Outslay, Michigan State University

Friday, October 7

Time Location Details
7:30 – 8:00 DC 1300 Check – in and breakfast
8:00 – 9:10 DC 1302

Kevin S. Markle, University of Iowa, Lillian F. Mills, University of Texas at Austin, Braden Williams, University of Texas at Austin

Income shifting versus implicit taxes

Discussant: James Chyz, University of Tennessee

9:40 – 10:50 DC 1302

Bradford F. Hepfer, University of Iowa, Jaron H. Wilde, University of Iowa, Ryan J. Wilson, University of Oregon

Taking shadow insurance out of the shadows: Regulatory arbitrage, taxes and capital

Discussant: Phelim Boyle, Wilfrid Laurier University

10:50 – 12:00
DC 1302

James O’Donovan, INSEAD, Hannes Wagner, Bocconi University, and Stefan Zeume, University of Michigan

The value of offshore secrets—Evidence from the Panama Papers

Discussant: Art Cockfield, Queen’s University

12:00 – 1:15
Fed Hall


Keynote speaker: Brian Arnold

1:30 – 2:40 DC 1302

David A. Guenther, University of Oregon, Ryan J. Wilson, University of Oregon, and Kaishu Wu, University of Oregon

Tax uncertainty and marginal tax avoidance

Discussant: James Stekelberg, University of Arizona