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Offshore financial center institutions in small jurisdictions in a globalized world: an empirical study of Vanuatu

Jayaraman, Tiruvalangadu K. and Choong, C.K. (2010) Offshore financial center institutions in small jurisdictions in a globalized world: an empirical study of Vanuatu. International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 3 (2). pp. 129-146. ISSN 1752-0452

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Abstract

Capital mobility and absence of direct taxation have made Vanuatu, an attractive Offshore Financial Centre (OFC) in the Pacific, since its independence in 1980. Consequently, Vanuatu has been depending on trade taxes. As Vanuatu would become part of a Pacific free trade area by 2015, policy makers are exploring new sources of tax revenue. An empirical investigation undertaken in this study shows that contribution of OFC institutions to Vanuatu's growth since its independence in 1980 was negligible and insignificant. The paper points out to the direction that Vanuatu has to move and overcome its reluctance to introduce direct taxation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 15:57
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 20:34
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/1834
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