Curbing IFFs Research Project extended for second phase (2020-23)!


The Curbing Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) research project has just been renewed by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D.ch) for the second phase 2020-23. Our interdisciplinary, North-South collaborative project began in 2017 and has since made significant progress in improving collective knowledge and understanding of IFFs. Through intensive collaborations with … Continue reading Curbing IFFs Research Project extended for second phase (2020-23)!

Abnormal Pricing in Swiss Commodity Imports: New Methods and Evidence


Illicit financial flows (IFFs) accruing from commodity trade mispricing tend to erode the tax base of resource-rich, developing countries, while also contributing to regulatory and financial risks for major trading and financial hubs. To date, there is however a lack of robust evidence to analyze the magnitude and channels for trade-based IFFs. In their new … Continue reading Abnormal Pricing in Swiss Commodity Imports: New Methods and Evidence

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

Policy Innovations to Tackle Commodity Trade Mispricing: Simplified Methods for Developing Countries


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 Policy Innovations to Tackle Commodity Trade Mispricing: Simplified Methods for Developing Countries