Michelle Hanlon


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Michelle Hanlon is the Howard W. Johnson Professor and a Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Hanlon teaches a course on taxes and business strategy and she also often teaches an introductory financial accounting course. Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of taxation and financial accounting. Hanlon’s recent work examines the capital market and reputational effects of corporate tax avoidance, the economic consequences of U.S. international tax policies for multinational corporations, the effect of individual level taxes on corporate payout policy, and the extent of individual-level offshore tax evasion. She is an editor at one of the leading accounting research journals. She has won several awards for her research and is the winner of the 2013 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Sloan.

She has co-authored two textbooks: Financial Accounting (Cambridge Business Publishers) and Taxes and Business Strategy (Pearson Education, Inc.).

Hanlon has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means regarding U.S. tax policy. She recently worked as an Academic Fellow for the U.S. House Ways and Means (majority) tax staff.

Professor Hanlon holds a BBA from Eastern Illinois University, an MAcc in taxation from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a PhD in accounting from the University of Washington.


Hanlon wins Outstanding Teacher Award for 2021

American Accounting Association designates Hanlon as Presidential Scholar

Hanlon wins accounting honor

Hanlon wins teaching award

Hanlon and Shroff win American Tax Association award


"Tax Avoidance and Multinational Firm Behavior."

Dyreng, Scott, and Michelle Hanlon. In Multinational Corporations in a Changing Global Economy, edited by David Wessel, Fritz Foley, and Jim Hines, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2021.

"CEO Tax Effects on Acquisition Structure and Value."

Hanlon, Michelle, Rodrigo Verdi, and Benjamin Yost. The Accounting Review Vol. 96, No. 2 (2021): 333-363. SSRN Preprint.

"Tax Reform Made Me Do It."

Hanlon, Michelle, Jeffrey L. Hoopes, and Joel Slemrod. In Tax Policy and the Economy, edited by Robert A. Moffitt, Chicago, IL: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2019.

"When Does Tax Avoidance Result in Tax Uncertainty?"

Dyreng, Scott, Michelle Hanlon,and Edward L. Maydew. The Accounting Review Vol. 94, No. 2 (2019): 179-203. SSRN Preprint.

"Country-by-Country Reporting and the International Allocation of Taxing Rights."

Hanlon, Michelle. Bulletin for International Taxation Vol. 72, No. 4/5 (2018). Download paper.

"The Equipment Manufacturing Industry’s Perspective on Tax Reform."

Brannon, Ike, and Michelle Hanlon. Tax Notes Vol. 87, No. 39 (2017): 1-2.

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