Hearson, Martin

Dr Martin Hearson  


Position held

Fellow in International Political Economy


Experience keywords:

developing countries; foreign direct investment; global economic governance; international taxation

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Martin's research focuses on the politics of international business taxation, and in particular the relationship between developed and developing countries. He teaches courses on political economy and global financial governance. Before joining LSE, he worked in the NGO sector, most recently on international taxation. He continues to collaborate with NGOs in much of his work.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Cambodia; East Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; Uganda; United Kingdom; Vietnam; Zambia


French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

020 7955 7167



Hearson, Martin (2018) The challenges for developing countries in international tax justice Journal of Development Studies, 54 (10). 1932-1938. ISSN 0022-0388

Hearson, Martin (2018) When do developing countries negotiate away their corporate tax base? Journal of International Development, 30 (2). 233-255. ISSN 0954-1748

Hearson, Martin (2018) Imposing ‘acceptable’ standards: transnational expertise and the expansion of the international tax regime Review of International Political Economy. ISSN 0969-2290 (In Press)


Hearson, Martin (2017) The UK - Colombia tax treaty: 80 years in the making British Tax Review, 2017 (4). 375-384. ISSN 0007-1870

Baistrocchi, Eduardo and Hearson, Martin (2017) Tax treaty disputes: a global quantitative analysis In: Baistrocchi, Eduardo, (ed.) A Global Analysis of Tax Treaty Disputes. Cambridge Tax Law Series. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1512-1546. ISBN 9781316528945

Hearson, Martin (2017) The UK’s tax treaties with developing countries during the 1970s In: Harris, Peter and de Cogan, Dominic, (eds.) Studies in the History of Tax Law. Studies in the History of Tax Law, 8. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781509908370

Hearson, Martin (2017) What makes countries negotiate away their corporate tax base? WIDER working paper, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9789292563486


Hearson, Martin (2016) The ActionAid tax treaties dataset

Hearson, Martin and Kangave, Jalia (2016) A review of Uganda's tax treaties and recommendations for action Working paper, Institute of Development Studies, International Centre for Tax and Development, London, UK. ISBN 9781781182956

Hearson, Martin (2016) Measuring tax treaty negotiation outcomes: the Actionaid tax treaties dataset Working paper, Institute of Development Studies, International Centre for Tax and Development, Brighton, UK. ISBN 9781781182901


Hearson, Martin (2015) Tax treaties in sub-Saharan Africa: a critical review Tax Justice Network - Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN 9789966185440


Hearson, Martin (2013) Book review: Global governance: key concepts LSE Review of Books (17 Apr 2013) Blog entry

Hearson, Martin (2013) Book review: The politics of expertise: how NGOs shaped modern Britain LSE Review of Books (13 Aug 2013) blog

Hearson, Martin (2013) Book review: global rivalries: standards wars and the transnational cotton trade LSE Review of Books (12 Nov 2013) Blog entry

Hearson, Martin (2013) Book review: Divided nations: why global governance is failing and what we can do about it LSE Review of Books (14 May 2013) Blog entry

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