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Rick Laux

Rick Laux

Assistant Professor of Management


Ph.D., Accounting, Arizona State University
MS, Taxation, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
BBA, Accounting, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Rick Laux joined the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University as an assistant professor in 2017. Prior to joining Purdue University, Laux served on the faculty of Penn State University and held a visting appointment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

As a researcher, Laux has published in leading academic journals including: The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Contemporary Accounting Research. His research broadly focuses on corporate taxation and the accounting for income taxes.

Laux has taught courses on taxation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has received numerous teaching awards. At Purdue University, he teaches MGMT 50400—Introductory Tax Accounting.

Prior to starting his academic career, Laux worked as a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Wisconsin.

Current Projects:

  • How do Firms get such Low Effective Tax Rates? The Role of Benign Tax Positions, with Dane Christensen and David Kenchington.
  • Income Shifting and U.S. International Trade, with Zero Deng.
  • Assessing the Relation between Taxes and Stock Returns: The Critical Role of Choosing the Tax Variable, with Zhan Gao and Dan Divoly.
  • Why are Book-tax Differences Informative about the Persistence of Earnings?, with Zero Deng and Steve Kaplan.

Journal Articles

  • Laux, R., Gupta, S., & Lynch, D. (2016). Do Firms Use Tax Reserves to Meet Analysts' Forecasts? Evidence from the Pre- and Post-FIN 48 Periods. Contemporary Accounting Research, vol. 33 (3), 1044-1047.
  • Laux, R., Dhaliwal, D., Kaplan, S., & Weisbrod, E. (2013). The Information Content of Tax Expense for Firms Reporting Losses. Journal of Accounting Research, vol. 51 (1), 135-164.
  • Laux, R. (2013). The Association between Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities and Future Tax Payments. The Accounting Review, vol. 88 (4), 1357-1383.

Phone: (765) 494-5408
Office: RAWL 4036