Abnormal Pricing in Peruvian Copper Concentrate Exports: Key recommendations for empirical studies


Introduction The fight against illicit financial flows (IFFs), in particular against those originating from trade misinvoicing in commodity exports, has become especially relevant for resource-rich countries focused on strengthening their domestic resource mobilization (DRM) strategies. In an effort to promote evidence-based and effective policymaking, studies on IFFs are facing diverse challenges, particularly over the conceptual … Continue reading Abnormal Pricing in Peruvian Copper Concentrate Exports: Key recommendations for empirical studies

Tackling IFFs Arising from Commodity Trade Mispricing: Revisit ‘Alternatives’


Low-income countries need targeted and simple ways to counter commodity trade mispricing and restore diverted profits. In her latest report, Dr. Irene Musselli reviews various regulatory approaches to stemming commodity trade mispricing in low-income countries. Her analysis enquires into the cost-effectiveness of ‘mainstream’ solutions that rely on arm’s length transaction rules, heightened tax and trade … Continue reading Tackling IFFs Arising from Commodity Trade Mispricing: Revisit ‘Alternatives’

Measuring IFFs: Lessons in Improving Methods


Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) have gained considerable traction in the advocacy and policy sphere, with most attention directed to their damaging impact on resource-rich developing countries that rely heavily on natural resource revenues. However, significant challenges remain in the conceptual framework and appropriate measurement techniques that aim to trace, curb, and redirect public revenue lost … Continue reading Measuring IFFs: Lessons in Improving Methods

Abnormal Pricing in International Commodity Trade: Evidence from Lao P.D.R.


Introduction In this post, the economics researchers based in Lao P.D.R. present their experiences over the period 2017-20. The blogpost was written by Dr. Vanthana Nolintha, a Senior Researcher and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Lao PDR’s Ministry of Planning and Investment and Mr. Vanxay Sayavong, Researcher and Deputy Chief of Macroeconomic Monitoring and Forecasting Division … Continue reading Abnormal Pricing in International Commodity Trade: Evidence from Lao P.D.R.