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.

Tax Transparency to Curb Illicit Financial Flows in Commodity Trading


As a global commodity-trading hub, Switzerland’s potential role in facilitating Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) out of developing countries continues to be dissected in the policy and advocacy spheres. In their latest article, Dr. Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi and Dr. Irene Musselli discuss Switzerland’s legal framework and practices regarding Exchange of Information (EOI) between tax authorities and … Continue reading Tax Transparency to Curb Illicit Financial Flows in Commodity Trading