Professor Michael Devereux

Professor Devereux is Emeritus Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, having been Director from 2006 until 2023. He is Professor of Business Taxation at the Saïd Business School and a Professorial Fellow at Oriel College. 

Professor Devereux also holds Research Fellowships at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, CESifo and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. 

He was the founding Research Director of the European Tax Policy Forum and is Honorary President of the International Institute of Public Finance.

Professor Devereux has also served as an adviser and consultant on corporation tax to the European Commission, OECD, UK government, the IMF, and the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. He has also acted as a consultant to projects in the private sector.

Professor Devereux gained his PhD in economics from University College London. Before moving to Oxford, he was a researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and Professor and Chair of the Economics Departments at the Universities of Keele and Warwick. He has held various editorship positions, including as Managing Editor of Fiscal Studies and International Tax and Public Finance.


Research Interests

Professor Devereux’s work concerns the impact of taxes on business behaviour, including investment, employment, location and financial behaviour, as well as the design of appropriate tax policies for business. A particular interest is the international side of corporation tax, including where companies do and should pay tax on profit, how differences in taxes affect real economic decisions such as where companies locate different economic activities, and how this affects the process of competition between countries. He has been actively involved in the recent debates over the reform of the international tax system.