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Aid, tax, state-building

  • June 2013 – Invested interests: the UK’s Overseas Territories’ hidden role in developing countries. Original here.
  • May 2013 – Almost half of all investment into developing countries goes through tax havens, ActionAid reveals
  • Feb 2013 – ActionAid report on the Zambian tax scandal. Original here; news articleshere and here. “We estimate that the tax- haven transactions of just this one British headquartered food multinational has deprived the Zambian public purse of a sum over 14 times larger than the UK aid provided to Zambia to combat hunger and food insecurity in the same period.”
  • Aug 2011 – Transfer pricing and developing countries – new report. Original here.
  • July 2011 – Scrap tax incentives, East African civil society and IMF suggest. Original here.
  • July 2011 – ActionAid and Eurodad report on tax policies for developing countries as formulated by International Financial Institutions. Originals here and here.
  • Nov 2010 – How SAB Miller escapes tax in developing countries. Original here.
  • Oct 2010 – World Bank says we know little about tax and developing countries
  • May 2010 – analysis of the OECD’s African outlook contains much new data.
  • Nov 2009 A paper from the School of Oriental and African Studies provides pointers on why domestic tax revenues have been stagnant in low income countries
  • 2009 – The webstite Raising Tax Revenues contains references to a wide array of academic papers, civil society reports, policy documents and books.
  • March 2009. Christian Aid’s False Profits: robbing the poor to keep the rich tax-free estimates that between 2005 and 2007, the total amount of capital flow from bilateral trade mispricing into the EU and the US alone from non-EU countries is estimated conservatively at more than US$1.1tn (£581.4bn, €850.1bn).
  • March 2009Oxfam estimates that developing countries miss out on up to $124 billion every year in lost income from offshore assets held in tax havens.
  • Jan 2009New report from Global Financial Integrity on illicit flows from developing countries. “In 2006, the most recent year of the GFI study, developing countries lost an estimated $858.6 billion – 1.06 trillion in illicit financial outflows.”
  • Nov 2008OECD Secretary-General attacks tax havens in development context, November 2008. He says: “Developing countries are estimated to lose to tax havens almost three times what they get from developed countries in aid.
  • April 2008New Estimates of Capital Flight from Sub-Saharan African Countries: Linkages with External Borrowing and Policy Options, a research paper from the University of Massachusets, Amherst, investigating the scale of capital flight from Africa from 1970-2004 (read TJN’s blog about it, with additional information, here.
  • Jan 2008 – The Precarious State of Public Finance by Jens Martens of the Global Policy Forum Europe, looking at tax evasion, capital flight and the misuse of public money in developing countries – and what can be done about it.
  • Jun 2007 Read Raymond Baker’s speech,  “For the first time in the 200-year run of the free-market system, we have built and expanded an entire integrated global financial structure the basic purpose of which is to shift money from poor to rich.”
  • 2000 – Oxfam’s seminal report on tax havens and their role in hampering development, called Tax Havens: Releasing the hidden billions for poverty eradication. It is also available here “This paper argues that off-shore centres are part of the global poverty problem – and that the interests of the poor must be brought onto the reform agenda.”
  • 1999 – Frances Horner’s seminal article on the need for an International Tax Organisation is here
  • TJN’s Tax Systems for Poverty Reduction programme. See the overall terms of reference here, plus the Ghana Report and the Kenya report here.

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Inequality, tax, tax havens

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Inequality, tax and tax havens

Nov 2013 – Why a focus on poverty obscures the need to tackle inequality – Equality Trust

May 2012 – Economists rethink the view that capital should not be taxed. Original here.

June 2011 – Global wealth shows strong gains, Boston Consulting Group

Nov 2010 – How high leverage and crises can arise as a result of changes in the income distribution – IMF

Oct 2009, why the crisis isn’t likely to produce any major reversal of inequality.

July 2009: The IMF on why tax incentives don’t seem to produce economic growth

April 2009 – remarkable new graphs and data on inequality and social ills

March 2009 – new book: Inequality and the Spirit Level

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