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)!
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
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
Introduction In this post, Mr. Nalonglith Norasing, Senior Researcher in Law at the National Institute for Economic Research (NIER) in Lao PDR, presents the main findings of a study on the laws, regulations and practices to address trade misinvoicing and abusive transfer pricing in the context of Lao PDR. The study was conducted in collaboration … Continue reading IFFs in Lao PDR: A Legal Perspective
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
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