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About John Christensen

John Christensen is the former economic adviser to the British Crown Dependency of Jersey, a pre-eminent British tax haven. Having originally trained as a forensic fraud investigator, he is now the director of the Tax Justice Network, a member of the OECD Task Force on Tax and Development, and a board member of Washington, D.C.-based New Rules for Global Finance.

Articles by John Christensen

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

7 ways the ‘Finance Curse’ harms the UK – how can we lift it?

The City of London is a huge drag on the UK’s real economy. But we can – and must – lift the 'Finance Curse'.

Costing the country: Britain's finance curse

Don't believe the bankers' spin. The City of London cost the UK economy £4.5 trillion between 1995 and 2005.

Ten years in the campaign for tax justice - we have a long way to go

For more than a decade John Christensen has been at the forefront of the challenge to offshore finance, tax avoidance and evasion and the criminal immunity safeguarded by secrecy jurisdictions. Where's it heading?

The Finance Curse - introduction

Paying billions in tax revenues, the City would surely be an asset to any country. Wouldn't it? A new book, The Finance Curse, argues that far from being a "golden goose", having an oversized financial sector is seriously damaging to an economy.

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