Dr Karen Alpert


School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68003


Karen's interests include research into the impact of taxation and government regulation on financial decision making.

Karen Alpert joined the school in 2001. Her research interests are in the areas of superannuation, financial literacy and taxation. She is an expert on US citizenship based taxation and its impact on nonresident US citizens. Karen completed her PhD on the effects of taxation on option exercise and put-call parity in 2004.

Research Interests

  • Superannuation
    How do retirees make decisions about how quickly to draw down their superannuation? We are looking at the impact of financial literacy as well as regulatory incentives.
  • US taxation of Australian residents
    What is the impact of the US practice of taxing based on citizenship on the Australian assets (including superannuation) of both Australian-resident US taxpayers and US resident Australians?

Research Impacts

Karen runs a community outreach website on the impact of US taxation on both Australian-resident US citizens and Australian expats resident in the US at http://fixthetaxtreaty.org/.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, U.C.Berkeley
  • Master of Business Administration, U.C.Berkeley
  • Master of Business Taxation, University of Southern California


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Alpert, K. and Knight, W.J. (2002). Effects of taxation for option writers. AAANZ 2002 Annual Conference, Perth, Western Australia, 7-9 July, 2002. Melbourne, Vic: AAANZ.

  • Alpert, K. (2002). Taxation and the early exercise of call options. 2002 Research Student Colloquium, Riverglenn Conference Centre, Indooroopilly, 1 June, 2002. The University of Queensland, St Lucia: UQ Business School.

  • Alpert, K. (2001). Taxation and the early exercise of call options. 14th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, The ANA Hotel, Sydney, 17-19 December, 2001. Sydney: University of New South Wales.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision