Rebecca Lester joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in July 2015. She studies the effects of accounting rules and tax policy on domestic and multinational firm investment decisions. Her recent work has examined how U.S. tax rules have encouraged firms to reinvest offshore rather than repatriate cash to the U.S. She also has examined how firms have responded to a recent U.S. manufacturing tax incentive that was intended to increase domestic investment and employment.
Professor Lester received her PhD in Accounting from the MIT Sloan School of Management and both a B.A. and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee. Prior to her studies at MIT, she was a Manager in the M&A Transaction Services practice of Deloitte in Chicago, Illinois.