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Oxford Business School Appoints 40 World-Renowned Tax Experts

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

23 May 2007


The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation has announced the appointment of over 40 International Research Fellows.

The Fellows, who comprise some of the world's best researchers in business taxation, are all leading academics in their fields and bring research expertise in economics, law and accounting to the Centre. They include professors from Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Michigan, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Toronto, Copenhagen, Munich, Paris, Tilburg, Vienna, Monash, Melbourne, Sydney and other leading universities.

Professor Michael Devereux, Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, commented: "I am delighted to announce this important development for the Centre for Business Taxation. In bringing together this prestigious international group of academics, the Centre will benefit from their unique expertise and will welcome their involvement in our research activities and their contribution to policy debates. The new Fellows will be regular and frequent visitors to the Centre, and their research on business taxation will be published by the Centre as Working Papers and in other forms. The Working Paper series will become an important central source for the best research on business taxation from around the world."

Among the Fellows are:

- Jim Poterba, highly respected Mitsui Professor of Economics and the Department Head for Economics at MIT. He is also the Director of the Public Economics Research Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. During 2005, he served as a member of the US President’s Federal Advisory on Federal Tax Reform.

- Alan Auerbach, a leading Professor of Economics and Law from University of California, Berkeley. Professor Auerbach has recently co-written a working paper with Professor Michael Devereux, Director of the Tax Centre.

- Reuven Avi-Yonah, Professor of Law and Director of the International Tax LLM Program and the Michigan-Tsinghua Exchange Program at the University of Michigan Law School.

- Richard Vann, Professor of Law, University of Sydney.

- Clemens Fuest, a Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Finance.

The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation was opened in 2005. The centre is tasked with examining the approach to the taxation of business activities in the UK and evaluating the effects of the present structure of taxation on the business sector, public finances, international competitiveness and the wider economy. It also addresses policy options that take account of the international dimension to business activity, the interaction between different tax systems and the global influences on policy formulation.

The brainchild of Dr Christopher Wales, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International and a former Member of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, the Centre works with the multinational business community in the UK, the government, the European Commission, the OECD and other academic research centres both inside and outside the UK.


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