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"If you are looking to understand how tax havens and offshore financial centers work, how they are governed (or not!), and what kind of economic and political impacts they have, then this book is for you! This recent text by well-recognized experts in the field is a most welcome addition to the literatures. . . . It fills an important void, since there was not until now a general but nevertheless detailed reference text on tax havens . . . it should be mandatory for courses in IPE, international finance, and international business."―Patrick Leblond, Political Science Quarterly (Fall 2012)



"Impeccably researched and packed with new insights, this groundbreaking book exposes financial capitalism's best-kept secret."―John Christensen, Director, Tax Justice Network International Secretariat, London



"This book calls attention to one of the major scandals of our time."―James K. Galbraith, author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too



"This book is an invaluable guide to the lightly studied subject of tax havens. Clearly written and thoroughly researched, it vividly demonstrates how central the scattered archipelago of so-called Preferential Tax Regimes is to the operation of contemporary global finance. Tax Havens belongs on the shelf of every specialist in the international political economy of money."―Benjamin J. Cohen, Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, Santa Barbara

About the Author

Ronen Palan is Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Offshore World: Sovereign Markets, Virtual Places, and Nomad Millionaires (published by Cornell); the coauthor of Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works (also from Cornell); The Imagined Economies of Globalisation; and (with Christian Chavagneux) Paradis Fiscaux; and the coeditor of International Political Economy: A Reader and Globalizing Economic Regimes and Institution.



Richard Murphy is CEO of Tax Research, LLP, based in the UK. He is a frequent adviser to the media, NGOs, and politicians, and writes a blog at taxresearch.org.uk.



Christian Chavagneux, based in Paris, is deputy editor in chief of Alternatives Economiques and editor of L'Economie politique. He is coauthor, with Ronen Palan, of Paradis Fiscaux.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Money
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801476127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801476129
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James T. Ranney on February 18, 2010
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I had been hoping for the past decade that somebody would write this book. It exhaustively collects all extant data on offshore "tax/regulatory/secrecy havens," detailing their abuses, including: 1) an estimated annual worldwide tax loss of $255 BILLION (primarily from transfer pricing, mis-invoicing intra-group cross-border sales), with the result that by now 60% of large [over $250 million in assets] U.S. corporations pay no taxes, resulting in increased taxes on salaried middle class; 2) facilitation of recent financial crisis, due to opacity of risky assets; 3) facilitation of corruption (bribes, money-laundering, etc.); and facilitation of illegal capital flight, with one NGO estimating that tax havens cost the lives of at least 250,000 children a year in the developing world. And while a number of organizations, such as OECD, IMF, World Bank and others, have made efforts to rein in the worst abuses, must remains to be done. The authors outline several ideas, focusing especially on proposals by the Tax Justice Network for greater transparency. But this problem, as huge as it is, is just one part of the larger problem (soon to be addressed by a UN report by Joseph Stiglitz and David Kennedy) of lack of global economic regulation. Congratulations to the authors on a job well done!
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Some aspects of offshore finance take place in a murky world of sham transactions in exotic locales, yet many economists say tax havens play an important role in greasing the machinery of global capitalism and keeping tax-raising bureaucrats at bay. Authors Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy and Christian Chavagneux beg to differ. They see tax havens as fundamentally dishonest; these "fiscal paradises" favor the haves at the expense of the have-nots. While their opinions on the subject are clear, the authors also provide a thorough overview of what's going on in the world's tax havens and what the future might hold for them. Their writing style is a bit dry and disorganized, but they offer plenty of juicy details about the places and institutions that enable tax evasion. getAbstract recommends this book to readers seeking an in-depth study of the rise of offshore financial centers and their place in global finance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James M on November 28, 2011
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I started this book after finishing Shaxson's "Treasure Islands". Both are excellent : Shaxson's book is more entertaining, with more of a narrative. This book has more details as well as graphs and tables.

Between the two, this one probably contains more information. That said, I would encourage people with an interest in the subject to pick up Shaxson's book first for an introduction and then to move on to this book if they want more details on this very important subject. Reading both is still only 500 pages or so!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dhavee k. on February 10, 2014
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i bought this to study at college. when i read i always headache, even if i am an international student, many class mate also said that. Author should change to be easier to read.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Catalin Braescu on May 25, 2014
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French obsessed with capitalists daring to legally keep profits to themselves - these are the authors of this book. Moral crusaders against capitalism, international business, privacy rights, sovereignty of non-EU states, abject defenders of kleptomaniac governments who can't stand companies using legal tools.
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