Tuesday, 04.09.2018

"10 Years from the Last Crisis, We Still Need Effective Financial Regulation"

Reform of the global tax system is urgently needed to improve domestic resource mobilization and transparency.

Ten years after the last financial crisis, the reform of the financial system remains incomplete and in many ways is regressing. Finance has gained influence, rising inequality is a concern, and uncertainty persists about economies’ vulnerability to another global crisis. Looking back on the past ten years and forward to the next ten, new ideas are needed to help redress the world financial system’s imbalances of power.

The global tax system has been a crucial cog in this financial system machine. Tax competition between countries has led to a harmful race to the bottom, and has allowed 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP) to be held in tax havens. The offshore secrecy system has created the very opacity that undermines corporate and financial regulation. 

Reform of the global tax system is urgently needed to enhance stability and improve domestic resource mobilization and transparency to ensure the needs of the 99% can be met. A more just global tax system that contributes to reducing inequality, strengthening human rights and boosting the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be an important step in this direction.

To mark this moment and call attention to the need for action, the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung co-hosted a forum on Tuesday, September 4 with eminent economists, UN experts and civil-society representatives in attendance.


  • Luise Rürup, Executive Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office


  • Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times 


  • Joseph Stiglitz, ICRICT Commissioner, Nobel laureate in Economics, University Professor, Columbia University
  • Wayne Swan, ICRICT Commissioner, Chair, UNESCAP expert group on Tax Policy and Public Expenditure Management for Sustainable Development
  • Jayati Ghosh, ICRICT Commissioner, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Jose Antonio Ocampo, Chair, ICRICT Commission, Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Gabriel Zucman, ICRICT Commissioner, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley


  • Stephen Lerner, Fellow, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University

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