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Perceived Corruption Isn’t a Great Measure of Financial Crime Risk. So Why Do Banks Still Use It?
February 14, 2023
Last month Transparency International released the latest version of its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the most widely adopted measure of public sector corruption currently available. But as many have pointed out before, the CPI only attempts to measure corruption that originates at home, not ...
The Impact of Anti-Money Laundering Regulation on Payment Flows: Evidence from SWIFT Data - Working Paper 445
December 20, 2016
Regulatory pressure on international banks to fight money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) increased substantially in the past decade. We find countries that have been added to a high-risk greylist face up to a 10% decline in the number of cross border payments received from other jurisd...
Brexit: Bad News for Remittances
July 05, 2016
The British public’s shock decision to leave the European Union (EU) has wide-ranging implications, including for remittance flows. In this blog, we explore the plausible consequences of Brexit for those who depend on remittances from the UK.
Using Aid for Cash Transfers: What Do 10,000 People in 28 Countries Think?
June 14, 2016
Cash transfers might be the next big thing in international development. Yet our analysis of new survey data suggests that public support for cash transfers is modest and fragile. Donors—who are poised to leverage a promising new way of delivering aid to do more good for le...
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CGD Europe Seminar: Unearthing Toxic Waste Dumping in the Horn of Africa
June 02, 2016
Illegal disposal of toxic waste has become an issue of concern in both developing and developed countries. Recent anecdotal evidence has highlighted that hazardous waste is shipped from developed countries and illegally dumped in Africa, in particular in the area of the Horn of Africa, during road c...
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CGD Europe Seminar: How Much Does Tax Relief Increase Charitable Donations? Evidence from UK Tax Records, London, UK
April 22, 2016
The UK tax system offers tax relief for contributions made to private charity. This relief, known as Gift Aid, is somewhat more complex than in other countries. In practice, it can be shown that Gift Aid is economically equivalent to a deduction for gifts made to charity, and that taxable deductions...
The Panama Papers and the Correlates of Hidden Activity
April 15, 2016
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the British Virgin Islands, you might have heard of the massive leak of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm whose services included helping its clients create shell corporations and store their assets in offshore&n...
Zimbabwe’s Courts Deliver “a Great Day for Women”
February 04, 2016
To combat child marriage, the UN calls for, among other steps, the enactment of laws to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18. Zimbabwe is poised to follow this advice following a Constitutional Court ruling last month when human rights lawyer Tendai Biti (a former minister of finance an...
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CGD Europe Sandwich Seminar: The Impact of Sharia Law on Behaviour Towards Children in Northern Nigeria (London, UK)
December 17, 2015
Islamic law lays down detailed rules regulating the upbringing of children. In this month's Sandwich Seminar, Marco Alfano examines the effect of these rules on parental behaviour by exploiting a unique natural experiment: the introduction of Sharia law in 13 northern Nigerian states i...