International Tax Researchers visiting WHU in Vallendar

For the third time the Berlin – Vallendar Conference on Tax Research took place on July 13 and 14, 2017, following an invitation by the two chairs of Business Taxation of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management as well as Freie Universität Berlin. The conference, which was held on WHU campus Vallendar for the first time, yearly offers international researchers in Business Taxation a precious platform to discuss current research trends.

A total of nine researchers had the chance to present their current projects in the field of tax research. To name a few examples of presented papers, Kenneth Klassen (University of Waterloo) presented his paper entitled “Are Multinational Companies `fooled´ by their own Tax Planning?“, co-authored with Lisa de Simone from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Jeri K. Seidman from the University of Virginia. Saskia Kohlhase from the Erasmus University Rotterdam discussed their research paper.

Leslie Robinson from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth presented his joint work with Jeffrey L. Hoopes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Joel Slemrod from the University of Michigan entitled „Public Tax-Return Disclosure“. Maximilian Müller from the Chair of Financial Reporting of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management discussed their research paper.

Jeffrey L. Hoopes (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) presented his work entitled „Shareholder Wealth Effects of Border Adjusted Taxation“, co-authored with Fabio B. Gaertner from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edward L. Maydew from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their results were discussed by Dominika Langenmayr from the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

“We are enthusiastic about the high quality of the submitted papers this year. Furthermore, the number of American papers was most notably, so that 6 out of 9 paper sessions were characterized by American research fellows. The exchange with international experts in the field of Business Taxation is very valuable and brings new insights for the research community”, stated co-organizer Martin Jacob from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

The 3rd Berlin-Vallendar Conference on Tax Research was jointly organized by Frank Hechtner, Freie Universität Berlin, and Martin Jacob, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar. The conference was partly sponsored by PriceWaterhouse Coopers.


Professor Dr.

Martin Jacob

Chair of Business Taxation


Prof. Dr.

Frank Hechtner

Freie Universität Berlin

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