Impact

In addition to academic papers and policy reports (a list is in my CV), I collaborate with international organisations as well as media. A  few recent examples follow.

  • My research influenced a Sustainable Development Goals’ indicator on illicit financial flows. Two UN agencies, UNODC and UNCTAD, published a report in October 2020 on Conceptual Framework for the Statistical Measurement of Illicit Financial Flows. The report agrees with a background paper for UNCTAD that I co-authored with Alex Cobham in that aggressive tax avoidance is included as an illicit financial flow, while noting that such activities are generally legal. Moreover, in a 2020 Oxford University Press book, we proposed an indicator for SDG 16.4.1 which would rely on OECD country by country reporting to track the scale of corporate tax abuse and the new report highlights exactly that possibility. Communications materials – United Nations Sustainable Development
  • The UN High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (UN FACTI Panel) for achieving the 2030 agenda published its interim report in September 2020, which cites the book as well as my two research papers.
  • I accepted an invitation to take part in the European Parliamnet’s TAX3 committee public hearing on “The evaluation of the Tax Gap” on 24 January 2019. The video and other documents are available here.image.png
  • My research has been repeatedly cited by leading newspapers including The Economist:
    • The Economist in January 2019: “Alex Cobham of the Tax Justice Network and Petr Jansky of Charles University, Prague, propose two indicators: one based on mismatches between where multinationals report their profits and where their real activity occurs, and another that is a measure of undeclared offshore assets.”
    • The Economist in February 2019: “An analysis of American multinationals and their international subsidiaries in 2017 found that the share of profits declared elsewhere for tax purposes had risen from 5-10% in the 1990s to 25%. Poor countries are hit hardest because they rely more on corporate tax revenues than rich countries, and because international tax rules, originally crafted to suit advanced economies, are stacked against them.”
    • The Economist in November 2011: “A recent independent study by three doctoral students from Charles University—Jana Chvalkovská, Petr Janský and Jiří Skuhrovec—is alarming. Their “zIndex” of public procurement shows that 67% of the €13.7billion ($19 billion) spent between 2006 and 2010 is not tracked in the government’s official procurement database. About 14 % of all tenders during that period (worth some €2 billion) only had one bidder, and none meet the criteria of the OECD and the Regional Development Ministry.”

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  • I gave an interview about research of tax havens in Counting the cost at Al Jazeera on 7 November 2019 (his interview starts at 17:45). I discussed the importance of foreign direct investment and tax havens, including a recent IMF working paper. I also introduced estimates of revenue effects of tax avoidance by multinational enterprises, which we published recently with a colleague Miroslav Palanský in an academic journal International Tax and Public Finance (Estimating the Scale of Profit Shifting and Tax Revenue Losses Related to Foreign Direct Investment).image.png