Illicit Financial Flows

An Innovative Approach to Estimation

  • Alberto¬†Aziani

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Also part of the International and Comparative Criminology book sub series (SBICC)

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About this book


Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) have received increased attention in light of international corruption scandals, high-profile leaks about extensive tax abuse schemes, and the continued fight against terrorism financing and organized crime. Reducing IFFs is now a key target of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, renewing debates about both how to operationally define IFF and the methodologies that are used to estimate their extent.

This book addresses these key issues, by investigating and schematizing the concept of illicit financial flows and critically evaluating the current models used to estimate them. It book proposes an original flow-network approach through which to produce longitudinal and country-specific estimates of IFFs and the gross value added related to transnational trafficking. It advocates for a reformulation of the current definition of IFFs to one that is more specific and operational, allowing scholars and policy-makers to better clarify the relationship between IFFs, the sources of capital and the channels that are used to move capital abroad.  This brief will be an indispensable guide for students of criminology and organized crime, and for the researchers and practitioners working to understand and combat these crimes.


illicit financial flows money laundering criminal proceeds flow-network approach estimation strategy tax evasion misinvoicing transnational crime drug trafficking sustainable development goals

Authors and affiliations

  • Alberto¬†Aziani
    • 1
  1. 1.TranscrimeUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-01889-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-01890-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8533
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8541
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