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The Financial Flows of Terrorism and Transnational Crime


  • Stefan Haigner
  • Friedrich Schneider
  • Florian Wakolbinger


Yearly revenues from transnational criminal activity account for USD 1 to 1.6 trillion, and a wide variety of methods is employed to transfer those revenues across borders and launder it. The specific type of crime largely determines the choice of methods. Terrorists, for example, use both "legal" as well as illegal activity, in particular drug dealing, to raise funds, and largely employ the formal financial sector as well as physical cross-border transfers to move funds across borders. Money attributable to terrorism, however, accounts only for a tiny share of international proceedings from illicit activity.

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  • Stefan Haigner & Friedrich Schneider & Florian Wakolbinger, 2012. "The Financial Flows of Terrorism and Transnational Crime," EUSECON Policy Briefing 17, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwepb:diwepb17

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    1. Alberto Abadie, 2006. "Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(2), pages 50-56, May.
    2. Friedrich Schneider & Raul Caruso, 2011. "The (Hidden) Financial Flows of Terrorist and Transnational Crime Organizations: A Literature Review and Some Preliminary Empirical Results," Economics of Security Working Paper Series 52, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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