Work Package 1: Statistical Analysis of Illicit Financial Flows

Team: Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), Graduate Institute, Geneva; Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research, (ISSER), Ghana; National Institute of Economic Research (NIER), Laos

Goals: This research will aim to address research question 1) How much illicit financial flows are there? Researchers will map the economic value chain of commodities to identify critical junctures for IFFs and then triangulate data to study the volume and composition of illicit flows.

Methods/data collection: Mixed methods approach. The main methods of inquiry include commodity trade data-set construction, econometric analysis and triangulation with qualitative interviews in order to assess the magnitude of commodity trade mispricing.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Methodology to ascertain the volume of commodity-trade-related IFFs at the country level,
  2. Estimates of commodity-trade-related IFFs from Laos and Ghana
  3. Peer-reviewed article, working papers and policy briefs for stakeholders in Switzerland, Ghana and Laos. This approach will be further expanded to other commodity exporting and trading countries, including South Africa, Sierra Leone, and the United Kingdom.

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