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 accounting honor

Hanlon and Shroff win American Tax Association award

American Accounting Association designates Hanlon as Presidential Scholar

Hanlon wins teaching award

Hanlon wins Outstanding Teacher Award for 2021


"The Effect of Innovation Box Regimes on Investment and Employment Activity."

Chen, Shannon, Lisa De Simone, Michelle Hanlon, and Rebecca Lester. The Accounting Review Vol. 98, No. 5 (2023): 187-214.

"​​The Use of Financial Accounting Information in the OECD BEPS 2.0 Project: A Discussion of the Rules and Concerns."

Hanlon, Michelle, and Michelle Nessa. National Tax Journal Vol. 76, No. 1 (2023): 193-232. SSRN Preprint.

Financial Accounting.

Dyckman, Thomas R., Michelle Hanlon, Robert P. Magee, and Glenn M. Pfeiffer. Chicago, IL: Cambridge Business Publishers, 2023.

Intermediate Accounting.

Hanlon, Michelle, Leslie Hodder, Karen Nelson, Darren Roulstone, and Amie Dragoo. Chicago, IL: Cambridge Business Publishers, 2023.

"Corporate Debt and Taxes."

Hanlon, Michelle and Shane Heitzman. Annual Review of Financial Economics Vol. 14, (2022): 509-534.

"Insights into Auditor Public Oversight Boards: Whether, How, and Why they 'Work'."

Hanlon, Michelle and Nemit Shroff. Journal of Accounting and Economics Vol. 74, No. 1 (2022): 101497. SSRN Preprint.

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