Matthew Erickson has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

He is one of eight new full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and sustainable global prosperity.

Erickson received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in May. He earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

His primary research interests are the interaction of taxes and capital markets; international tax policy and multinational tax competition; the role of taxes in valuation and decision making; and the formulation, promulgation, and impact of tax policy.

Erickson’s dissertation examined the relationship between firm dividend policy and the predictability of cash-effective tax rates.

His recent co-authored article, published in the Journal of the American Taxation Association, examines the cost of regulatory compliance, represented by accounting rules and audit fees.

His other research explores the impact of foreign cash holdings on credit risk and the influence of taxes on decision making by foreign investors.

Among his many honors are the Charles Koch Foundation Dissertation Grant and research grants from the University of Arizona. He was selected as an Accounting Doctoral Scholar.

Erickson has taught courses on accounting research, technology for accountants, and federal taxation, among others.

A certified public accountant, Erickson worked for three years at Deloitte’s office in Dallas, Texas, where he was most recently a senior in tax.


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