Global tax transparency and foreign avoidance and evasion


  • Offshore tax havens offer opportunities for tax evasion, tax evasion and money laundering which are exploited by multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and corrupt political elites. In this research seminar, Professor Johannesen will present evidence of the particular challenges facing developing countries and examine whether recent improvements in global financial transparency, for example through the automatic cross-border exchange of bank information, will mitigate these challenges.

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    The Innovations in Tax Compliance seminar series is supported by the Global Tax Program, the Innovations in Tax Compliance Program, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • 8:30 am – 8:35 am EST: Opening remarks by Marcello Estevão

    8:35 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST: Presentation by Niels Johannesen

    9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. EST: Discussion by Ana Cebreiro

    9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EST: Questions and answers public

  • Marcello Estevão

    Global Director, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment, World Bank

    Marcello Estevão leads a large team of country economists, macroeconomists and experts in fiscal policy, debt and macroeconomic modeling. He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of global analytical work on macroeconomics, fiscal policy and debt policy; to coordinate and implement MTI’s strategic direction; for helping to shape and oversee national / regional IMT programs; and to mobilize staff to work more effectively in the areas of equitable growth, finance and institutions (EFI) and other global practices. Marcello Estevão is Brazilian, with a PhD in Economics from MIT, Cambridge, MA, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, books, political reports, and print media.

    Niels johannesen

    Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen

    Niels Johannesen is Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen (2018-present). His main areas of research are international taxation, tax evasion, tax evasion, tax planning, multinational company taxation, taxation and financial sector regulation.

    Ana Cebreiro Gomez

    Senior Economist, Fiscal Policy and Sustainable Growth Unit, MTI, World Bank

    Currently, Ana Cebreiro Gomez leads work on international taxation at the World Bank (WB), including the Tax Transparency Program, at the global level. Since joining the World Bank in 2013, she has been implementing tax technical assistance projects and supporting lending operations covering both tax policy and administration. She has more than 25 years of expertise in the tax field. Before joining the WB, she worked for 9 years at the OECD (Paris), at the Center for Fiscal Policy and Administration. Previously, she held positions as an Economic Consultant at DotEcon Economic Consulting and Research Economist for HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) in the UK. Ana Cebreiro Gomez is originally from Spain and holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Essex in the UK, as well as an MA in Applied Public Economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.


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