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Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering
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November 2004
ISBN paper 978-0-88132-370-2
248 pp.

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Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering

by Peter Reuter and
Edwin M. Truman

". . . the most comprehensive treatment of money laundering to date and . . . the benchmark by which all future discussions of the subject will be assessed."

Robert E. Litan, Kauffman Foundation

". . . the most seminal study ever undertaken of the effectiveness of global efforts to deal with the growing threat to US national security and to the world financial system of money laundering. . . ."

Stuart E. Eizenstat, former deputy secretary of the US Treasury

"Persons interested in AML policy will find the analyses and discussions in the book enlightening."

International Enforcement Law Reporter

". . . A sober, serious-minded resource, an absolute must-read for all economic students and professionals, and an eye-opening revelation for lay readers."

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Originally developed to reduce drug trafficking, national and international efforts to reduce money laundering have broadened over the years to address other crimes, and most recently, terrorism. These efforts now constitute a formidable regime applied to financial institutions and transactions throughout much of the world. Yet few assessments of either the achievements or consequences of this regime have been made. Reuter and Truman (1) explore what is know about the scale and characteristics of money laundering, (2) describe the current anti-money laundering regime, (3) develop a framework for assessing the effectiveness of the regime, and (4) use that framework to assess how well the current system works and make proposals for its improvement.

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1. Chasing Dirty Money [pdf]

2. How Much Money is Laundered? [pdf]

3. Money Laundering: Methods and Markets [pdf]

4. The Anti-Money Laundering Regime [pdf]

5. Combating Predicate Crimes Involved in Money Laundering [pdf]

6. Protecting Financial System Integrity [pdf]

7. Combating Global "Public Bads" [pdf]

8. Improving the Global AML Regime [pdf]