PhD Scholarship in Taxation at the University of New South Wales, Australia

The 3 year research project is being conducted by Professor Chris Evans and Associate Professor Binh TranNam of UNSW, together with Professor Richard Krever of Monash University, Professor Jeff Pope of Curtin University and Dr Philip Lignier of University of Tasmania. The industry partner is The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. The candidate will initially work on large scale surveys designed to assess tax compliance costs of business and personal taxpayers. The APAI may also be involved in other aspects of the project. The ultimate focus of the PhD will be on the development of a tax system complexity index, or on any other aspect of tax system complexity agreed between the research team and the candidate. The two supervisors, at least one of whom will come from UNSW, will be drawn from members of the project research team identified above.

-Candidates must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens. -The applicant will have a Commerce and/or Law background (preferably including exposure to Taxation, Business and Economics) and have completed a four year Australian undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in these or related disciplines. – The candidate will be expected to have Honours Class 1 or IIA, or an equivalent research qualification/experience. Candidates may initially be enrolled in a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree program prior to entry to the doctoral program. -It is expected that the candidate will need to use statistical analysis as part of the research, and so knowledge or experience of working with statistical software such as STATA, SPSS or SAS would be desirable though not essential. -The candidate should also have excellent presentation and writing skills and a strong motivation for research as evidenced by undergraduate or other projects

Scholarship Deadline: 31 October, 2011

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