Global Financial Integrity Launches New Report on Illicit Financial Flows from Mexico

January 30th, 2012

Today, Global Financial Integrity launched it’s new report, Mexcio: Illicit Financial Flows, Macroeconomic Imbalances, and the Underground Economy in Washington D.C. and Mexico City. An excerpt from the press release:

MEXICO CITY / WASHINGTON, DC – Crime, corruption and tax evasion cost the Mexican economy US$872 billion between 1970 and 2010 according to a new report from Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization. The illicit financial outflows, which averaged a massive 5.2% of GDP, grew significantly over the 41-year period studied from just US$1 billion in 1970 to US$68.5 billion in 2010.

“This is a devastatingly large amount of money for any developing country to lose,” said Raymond W. Baker, director of GFI. “$872 billion is gone, which could have been used to develop the Mexican economy, to invest in education, to build roads, or to fight the drug cartels. The negative ramifications are huge for everyday Mexicans.”

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Written by EJ Fagan

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