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Research Handbook on Money Laundering

Research Handbook on Money Laundering

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Edited by Brigitte Unger and Daan van der Linde

Although the practice of disguising the illicit origins of money dates back thousands of years, the concept of money laundering as a multidisciplinary topic with social, economic, political and regulatory implications has only gained prominence since the 1980s. This groundbreaking volume offers original, state-of-the-art research on the current money laundering debate and provides insightful predictions and recommendations for future developments in the field.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Brigitte Unger

Subjects: economics and finance, economic crime and corruption, law - academic, corruption and economic crime, politics and public policy, terrorism and security


Money laundering (ML) is a multidisciplinary topic which has become important since the late 1980s. Covering the political regulatory, social, criminological, anthropological and economic aspects, this volume tries to show the state of the art in the money laundering debate. Why did money laundering become so important (Part II)? To what extent does money laundering pose a problem and what effects does it have (Part III)? For whom is laundering a problem (Part IV)? What is the size of the problem (Part V)? What ways of laundering exist (Part VI)? How can it be combated and what legislation is involved (Part VII)? How effective is anti-money laundering policy? To what extent is it a danger to individual privacy protection? And what improvements can be recommended (Part VIII)?