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Measuring illicit financial flows: A gravity model approach to estimate international trade misinvoicing

Lourenco Paz

No wp-2022-24, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Illicit financial flows have recently attracted the attention of academia, practitioners, and multilateral organizations who consider them harmful to economic development. Some observers suggest that many of these flows occur via the misinvoicing of international trade transactions. This study develops a novel methodology based on the gravity model of international trade to estimate illicit financial flows using publicly available product-level international trade data.

Keywords: Gravity model; Illicit financial flows; International trade; Misinvoicing; Transportation cost (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cwa, nep-fdg, nep-int and nep-iue
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