Found 11 article(s) for author 'Mihir Desai'

Harvard Business School Professor Explains the Most Important Problem We Have In Finance Today And How To Fix It

Harvard Business School Professor Explains the Most Important Problem We Have In Finance Today And How To Fix It. Mihir Desai, June 5, 2017, Video, “Mihir Desai, a professor of Harvard Business School and the author of “Wisdom of Finance” explains why having shareholders who are separate from the managers hold great danger for finance today. Following is a transcript of the video.Link


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The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return. Mihir Desai, 2017, Book, “In 1688, essayist Josef de la Vega described finance as both “the fairest and most deceitful business . . . the noblest and the most infamous in the world, the finest and most vulgar on earth.” The characterization of finance as deceitful, infamous, and vulgar still rings true today – particularly in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. But, what happened to the fairest, noblest, and finest profession that de la Vega saw?Link

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The Debate on Corporate Tax Reform Just Started for Real

The Debate on Corporate Tax Reform Just Started for Real. Mihir Desai, May 2017, Opinion, “President Trump’s announcement of his proposed tax reforms, as skeletal as it was, is better news than most commentators have suggested. First, it signals that the administration is coming to the view that tax reform is the most important agenda item for the first term — and that is great news. Second, the fact that the corporate piece of the proposal did not embrace the plan proposed by House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady and Speaker Paul Ryan, and its so-called border adjustment tax, is also good news. So, there is some good news in what it signals and what’s not in it. What about what is in it?Link

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Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided

Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided.  Michael Porter, Jan Rivkin, and Mihir Desai, September 2016, Paper, “America retains and enjoys many strengths. However, various economic indicators show that the U.S. economy has failed to deliver strong growth and shared prosperity for nearly two decades. These structural issues pre-date the Great Recession and are compounded by political paralysis. This report calls for a national economic strategy for America and proposes federal policy priorities that can form the core of such a strategy. Further, the report highlights corporate and personal tax reform as a promising first step in the strategy. Finally, the report warns that it is impossible to solve the issues besetting the U.S. economy and bring prosperity to millions of Americans if the United States remains mired in crippling political gridlock and vicious rhetoric.Link

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Interest Deductions in a Multijurisdictional World

Interest Deductions in a Multijurisdictional World. Mihir Desai, April 2015, Paper. “This paper proposes and evaluates alternative methods for addressing the tax treatment of interest expenses in a multijurisdictional setting. The differential deductibility of debt entailed by various current tax law provisions leads to potential distortions in the patterns of asset ownership across MNCs and various proposed solutions have significant limitations. We suggest alternative regimes – a worldwide debt cap (WDC) and a net financing deduction (NFD) – to address the ownership distortions that we highlight along with other well-established problems of income-shifting through debt…Link

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The Conversation We Should Be Having About Corporate Taxes

The Conversation We Should Be Having About Corporate Taxes. Mihir Desai, August 22, 2014, Opinion. “The corporate inversion — when a U.S. company takes on the legal identity of foreign subsidiary, usually in order to reduce its taxes — has become about as controversial as corporate finance topics get. President Obama has called such transactions “unpatriotic.” Others have defended them as a way for American companies to stay competitive in the face of a uniquely intrusive tax code. Harvard Business School’s Mihir Desai and Bill George both fall mostly in the second camp, but with some surprising twists…” May require purchase or user account. Link

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Getting a handle on inversion

Getting a handle on inversion. Mihir Desai, August 14, 2014, Opinion. “In recent years, a number of U.S.-based corporations with significant international holdings have shifted their headquarters overseas in an attempt to lower their tax bills. At 35 percent, the U.S. nominal corporate tax rate is highest among member nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The maneuver is known as tax inversion. Officials in the Obama administration have described it as unpatriotic, and are weighing an executive action aimed at limiting the economic benefit…”  Link

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Reform Tax Law to Keep US Firms at Home

Reform Tax Law to Keep US Firms at Home. Mihir Desai, July 24, 2014, Opinion. “Editor’s Note. Given a veritable flood over the last year of corporate “inversions”—US companies that reincoporate in other countries to take advantage of favorable tax rates and business regulations—lawmakers in Washington D.C. are debating how to respond. The arguments split, often along partisan lines, from overhauling the US corporate tax to punishing companies who choose to move elsewhere. On July 22, Mihir A. Desai, Miuzho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, testified…” Link Verified October 11, 2014

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Trade Credit and Taxes

Trade Credit and Taxes. Mihir Desai, C. Fritz Foley, May 2012, Paper. “This paper analyzes the extent to which tax differences affect the use of trade credit. U.S.-owned affiliates in low-tax countries use trade credit to lend, whereas those in high-tax countries use trade credit to borrow: 10% lower local tax rates are associated with net trade credit positions that are 1.4% higher as a fraction of sales. The use of trade credit to get capital out of low-tax, low-return environments is also illustrated by the temporary repatriation tax holiday in 2005, which was used most intensively by affiliates with positive net trade credit positions.Link

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