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Stephanie Sikes

Associate Professor

Department of Accounting


Building & Room:

2304 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-4245

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Stephanie Sikes


Professor Stephanie Sikes’ research interests include the effects of investor-level taxes on corporate decision-making, cost of capital, institutional investor trading, and asset pricing, as well as the effect of corporate tax incentives on corporate decision-making and reporting. She currently teaches the initial course on federal income taxation and has previously taught courses on financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and taxes and business strategy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA with a concentration in accounting from Tulane University, and a BA in political economy from Tulane University. Stephanie is a certified public accountant and prior to commencing her PhD program, she was a senior associate in the federal business tax consulting group at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Selected Publications

  • Blouin, J., B. Bushee, and S. Sikes. 2017. “Measuring Tax-Sensitive Institutional Investor Ownership.” The Accounting Review 92(6): 49–76.
  • Hail, L., S. Sikes, and C. Wang. 2017. “Cross-Country Evidence on the Relation between Capital Gains Taxes, Risk, and Expected Returns.” Journal of Public Economics 151: 56–73.
  • Sikes, S., and R. Verrecchia. 2015. “Dividend Tax Capitalization and Liquidity.” Review of Accounting Studies 20 (4): 1334–1372.
  • Sikes, S., X. Tian, and R. Wilson. 2014. “Investors’ Reaction to the Use of Poison Pills as a Tax Loss Preservation Tool.” Journal of Accounting and Economics 57 (2–3): 132–148.
  • Sikes, S. 2014. “The Turn-of-the-Year Effect and Tax-Loss-Selling by Institutional Investors.” Journal of Accounting and Economics 57(1): 22–42.
  • Sikes, S., and R. Verrecchia. 2012. “Capital Gains Taxes and Expected Rates of Return.” The Accounting Review 87(3): 1067–1086.
  • Robinson, J., S. Sikes, and C. Weaver. 2010. “Performance Measurement of Corporate Tax Departments.” The Accounting Review 85(3): 1035–1064.
  • Blouin, J., C. Gleason, L. Mills, and S. Sikes. 2010. “Pre-Empting Disclosure? Firms’ Decisions Prior to FIN 48.” The Accounting Review 85(3): 791–815.
  • Blouin, J., C. Gleason, L. Mills, and S. Sikes. 2007. “What Can We Learn about Uncertain Tax Benefits from FIN 48?” National Tax Journal 60(3): 521–535.

Professional Leadership

Editorial Board, The Accounting Review

Board of Trustees, American Taxation Association


The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Doctor of Philosophy, Accounting, 2008
Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Master of Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, 1999
Tulane University, Newcomb College, Bachelor of Arts, Political Economy, 1998

Professional Memberships

  • American Accounting Association, AAA American Taxation Association Section, National Tax Association