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Kimberly Clausing, assistant professor of economics at Reed College, has been awarded a grant of $115,280 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund her research over the next three years on international taxation and the international trade of multinational firms. The grant is part of the NSF's Research in Undergraduate Institutions program.

"I hope this research will lead to important findings for both the academic community and for policy-makers interested in the taxation of multinational firms. I am also hopeful that Reed students will benefit from being involved in the project," Clausing said.

Clausing will examine the magnitude of tax-motivated income shifting of multinationals, consider the consequences of this shifting for the volumes of U.S. international trade and U.S. federal government revenue collections, and consider an alternative international taxation system–formula apportionment–under which U.S. multinationals would be taxed based on the share of their worldwide activity in the U.S.

Her research will be informative for scholars and policy makers interested in tax policy as well as those interested in understanding trade patterns because the tax-minimizing behavior of multinational firms affects the pattern of U.S. international trade in ways that trade economists have neglected.

Clausing expects the project to enhance the research and education environment at Reed by strengthening her own research abilities and by facilitating collaborative research work with Reed students.

Kimberly Clausing has been a member of the Reed faculty since 1996. She graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a Fulbright Senior Research Award to work at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels during the 1999—2000 school year. During 1994—95, she worked at the Council of Economic Advisers as a staff economist specializing in international economic policy.

The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering. The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program of the NSF provides support for research and research instrumentation for investigators in non-doctoral departments in predominantly undergraduate institutions. The RUI program is part of NSF's effort to help ensure a broad base for science and engineering research, and thereby enhance the scientific and technical training of students in undergraduate institutions.

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