Jim Young

Distinguished Teach Professor and PwC Professor of Accountancy




  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Accounting
  • M.B.A., Michigan State University, Accounting
  • B.S., Ferris State University, Accounting


Jim Young, Ph.D., joined the NIU faculty in 2000, having previously been on the faculty at George Mason University (in Virginia) and Grand Valley State University (in Michigan). He is a CPA in Michigan and served on the tax staffs of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.

Jim's research focuses on studying the responses of corporate and individual taxpayers to income tax laws using archival data. His principle areas of research include exploring the phenomena of tax amnesties, tax law complexity and its impact on compliance, taxpayer choices made given specific taxation regimes and creating a framework for teaching and learning taxation. His dissertation received the PricewaterhouseCoopers/American Taxation Association Dissertation Award and his subsequent research has received funding from a number of organizations including the Ernst & Young Foundation Tax Research Grant program. His work has been published in the National Tax JournalThe Journal of the American Taxation AssociationAdvances in TaxationThe Journal of State TaxationTax Notes and The CPA Journal.

Jim teaches taxation courses in NIU's undergraduate and graduate programs. He is an NIU Distinguished Teaching Professor, an Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Accounting Educator, and has received outstanding teaching awards from George Mason University, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.

Jim Young


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