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Innovations in Tax Compliance Seminar Series: Global Tax Transparency and Offshore Evasion and Avoidance

November 16, 2021


  • Offshore tax havens offer opportunities for tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering that are exploited by multinational firms, wealthy individuals and corrupt political elites. In this research seminar, Professor Johannesen will present evidence on the particular challenges faced by developing countries and discusses whether recent improvements in global financial transparency, for instance through 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 – 8:35 AM EST: Opening Remarks by Marcello Estevão

    8:35 – 9:30 AM EST: Presentation by Niels Johannesen

    9:30 – 9:40 AM EST: Discussion by Ana Cebreiro

    9:40 – 10:00 AM EST: Q&A from the audience

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    Marcello Estevão

    Global Director, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, World Bank

    Marcello Estevão leads a large team of country economists, macroeconomists, and fiscal policy, debt, and macro-modeling experts. He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the global analytical work on macroeconomics, fiscal policy, and debt policy; for coordinating the strategic direction of MTI and implementing it; for helping to shape and oversee MTI’s country/regional programs; and for mobilizing staff to work more effectively across Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) and other Global Practices. Marcello Estevão is Brazilian, holds a PhD in Economics from MIT, Cambridge, MA, and has published extensively in refereed journals, books, policy reports, and the print media.


    Niels Johannesen

    Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen

    Niels Johannesen is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen (2018 to present). His primary fields of research are International Taxation, Tax Evasion, Tax Avoidance, Tax Planning, Taxation of Multinational Firms, Taxation and Regulation of the Financial Sector.


    Ana Cebreiro Gomez

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

    Currently, Ana Cebreiro Gomez is leading the international tax work at the World Bank (WB), including the tax transparency agenda, at the global level. Since she joined the World Bank in 2013, she has been implementing technical assistance tax projects and supporting lending operations covering both tax policy and administration. She has more than 25 years of expertise in the tax area. Before joining the WB, she worked for 9 years in the OECD (Paris), at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. Previously she held positions as an economic consultant in DotEcon Economic Consulting and a research economist for the HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) in the United Kingdom. Ana Cebreiro Gomez is from Spain and holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, and an MA in Applied Public Economics for the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.


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