The Economic and Legal Effectiveness of the European Union’s Anti-Money Laundering Policy

The Economic and Legal Effectiveness of the European Union’s Anti-Money Laundering Policy

Brigitte Unger, Joras Ferwerda, Melissa van den Broek and Ioana Deleanu

Official government policies against money laundering in the EU have been in place for roughly 25 years, after much concerted effort and a great deal of time and money invested. This volume examines the anti-money laundering policy of the EU Member States in connection to the threat of money laundering they face.

Chapter 8: Information flows and repressive enforcement

Ioana Deleanu

Subjects: economics and finance, economic crime and corruption, financial economics and regulation, money and banking, law - academic, corruption and economic crime, european law, finance and banking law


In this chapter first the forms and functions of the prosecution services are explored and how these impact the effective repression of money laundering. Then this information flow theory is used to construct a measure of effective communication between the law enforcement agencies involved in the repression of money laundering and show that countries with a higher value information flow have more prosecutions and convictions for money laundering. Finally, this information flow index is used to construct a measure of criminal repression across the EU and discuss several ways to improve country information flows in the hope to decrease criminal incentives to commit money laundering.

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