Mihir Desai

Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School; Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Mihir Desai

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Ph.D., political economy, Harvard University; M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Summary of Experience

Professor Desai has more than two decades of experience in tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance. His research has focused on the appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of multinational firms. Professor Desai has consulted to companies and organizations on tax- and finance-related topics, and he has testified several times before the US Congress, including in a joint session of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. His research has appeared in leading economics, finance, and law journals, and has been cited in media outlets such as The Economist, Businessweek, and The New York Times. His book The Wisdom of Finance was longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Professor Desai has also published on international tax issues such as the costs of shared ownership, with a focus on international joint ventures. He is a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER’s) Public Economics and Corporate Finance programs, and previously served as co-director of the NBER’s India program. He is also on the advisory boards of the International Tax Policy Forum and the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. Earlier in his career, Professor Desai was an analyst at CS First Boston.