UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


PhD students attend UNC Tax Doctoral Seminar


UNC Kenan-FlaglerLeading PhD programs sent their students to UNC Kenan-Flagler to attend the sixth annual UNC Tax Doctoral Seminar Jan. 6-10, 2014.

Top doctoral students from Northwestern, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Chicago, Duke, USC, Iowa, Michigan, Washington, MIT, UC-Berkley, Texas, Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and the University of Business and Economics in Vienna learned from the best tax scholars in the United States at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

“These are the future stars in the accounting field, and we get the best tax researchers in the world to teach them,” said Doug Shackelford, the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

He and Edward Maydew, the David E. Hoffman Distinguished Professor of Accounting, brought in faculty from MIT, Wharton and Duke to teach the seminar with them.

The UNC Tax Doctoral Seminar is unique, said Shackelford. “The best PhD programs in the United States send their best students to us for a week, and this year we had two international PhD students. Through our partnership with KPMG LLP and the firm’s generous support, we contribute to the study of taxes for the near- and long-term.”

The seminar exposes students of all backgrounds to current tax research, but it is targeted at non-tax students from doctoral programs without a PhD tax seminar. Students learn the fundamentals of tax research, and some might wind up adding tax to their set of research interests, Shackelford said.

In addition to classes, the PhD students attended the UNC-Miami basketball game, toured the Carolina and Duke campuses, and dined on N.C. barbecue.

“The seminar has been wildly successful, and a lot of schools would like us to add them to the list,” he said. “We don’t include our own students because they get my course, and this program is about trying to help PhD students at other top schools around the world."