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Black money market larger than India’s education spend

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Earlier GFI studies have found that nearly $1 trillion worth of illicit financial flows take place every year from developing countries. India was estimated to lose about $44 billion annually between 2003 and 2012, the total working out to a mind boggling $440 billion over the decade.

Notably, GFI investigations have shown that globally, 80% of the illicit financial flows take place through trade misinvoicing done by international corporate entities. For India, this component is even more predominant, accounting for over 98% of illicit financial outflows.

For India, the average yearly illicit outflow for the years 2008-12 was 4% of GDP, 10% of trade, 215% of foreign direct investment ( FDI), 40% of total tax revenue and 0.7% of capital stock, the report said.

The report also found a disturbing correlation between illicit financial flows and higher levels of poverty, higher levels of economic inequality, and lower levels of human development, as measured by the United Nations' annual Human Development Index.

"Higher illicit outflows aggravate poverty, exacerbate income inequality, and erode human development in the world's poorest countries," said Joseph Spanjers, co-author of the report.

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Correlations are also found between higher relative levels of illicit financial flows and trade openness, tariff rates, and the efficiency of customs. But no correlation was found between indicators of quality of public institutions or rule of law like the Fragile State Index, Corruption Perception Index or Public Sector Management rankings, and illegal black money outflows. No correlation was found with broad fiscal or macroeconomic indicators either.

Surprisingly, no correlation was found even between the extent of the shadow economy within the country and illicit financial outflows. Earlier GFI studies on India, Mexico, Russia and the Philippines had shown a link between the two phenomena.