Head of Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Jeffrey Owens, a public finance expert, completed his doctoral work at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 1973. In addition to his economic degrees, he is a qualified accountant.
He has taught at Cambridge, the American University of Paris, Bocconi University in Italy and Queen Mary's College in London. He is an international civil servant at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, where he has focused his activities on the fiscal policy implications of the globalisation of national economies, the taxation of Multilateral Enterprises, the broader policy issues that arise in the areas of cross-border direct and portfolio investment. He has also examined issues related to tax administration and micro-economic implications of domestic tax policies and issues related to Fiscal Federalism. His earlier work dealt with the development of international currency markets and the implications for monetary policies and the organisation of financial institutions.
He has made numerous contributions to professional journals, has published a number of books ("The Growth of the Euro-Dollar market", "Local Government Finance: an international perspective"; "A Comparison of Tax Systems in North Africa and Europe") and has been the author of many OECD publications on taxation. A full list of publications can be provided on request.
Dr. Owens' position as Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, his frequent participation in international conferences and business seminars and his high level contacts with representatives from governments and the business community have provided him with a unique international perspective on economic policy issues, on trends in the financing of governments and the implications for the business community. He has also been responsible for organising numerous major conferences and seminars and, over the last five years, has organised many international conferences with major non-member countries in the Asia, NIS and South America regions. In that context, he has forged links between APEC and the OECD and with the United Nations, the Regional Development Banks, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Dr. Owens has maintained close links with the business and academic communities in which he worked at the beginning of his career.