Across the ocean to discuss the latest tax research: Welcome to the NHH-BU tax reading group

15 January 2024 13:20

Across the ocean to discuss the latest tax research: Welcome to the NHH-BU tax reading group

Since Spring 2021, the tax researchers at NHH Norwegian School of Economics and Boston University Questrom School of Business meet once a month digitally and discuss a tax-related research project.

Coordinated by Elisa Casi-Eberhard from NHH and Darci Fischer from Boston University, the seminar lasts one hour and it alternates presentations between internal members and external guest speakers. The group includes around 15 researchers comprising both current faculty members at NHH and Boston University and alumni who are now at different institutions across the globe. The seminar takes place always on Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Bergen and 8:30 am in Boston and everyone meets on Zoom.

The mission of this regular gathering is to obtain valuable feedback on early research ideas from a dedicated audience and in a friendly atmosphere. Every member is a tax expert and the research topics covered by the group span from tax accounting to public economics. This is also reflected in the type of projects that are presented at every seminar, including tax disclosure, profit shifting, capital taxes, offshore tax evasion, and tax fraud.

Moreover, the seminar includes two presentations per semester by external guest speakers. This is a way to get to know the latest research projects in the field conducted by promising young scholars. Guest speakers are both PhD students and assistant professors from different countries around the world. Past guest speakers have included Hansol Jang (National University of Singapore), Anthony Welsch (University of Chicago), Carol Seregni (Wharton), Junwei Xia (Texas A&M University), Benjamin Osswald (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jillian Adams (University of Waterloo), Nathan Born (Wharton), and Daphne Armstrong (University of North Carolina).

Overall, NHH has a long tradition of collaboration with Boston University as Pete Lisowsky is a fellow at NoCeT: he works with NHH faculty on several research projects, and he is part of the organizing committee for the Tax Accounting Symposium. This seminar consolidates the existing strong bond with the two tax groups!