Journal of
Economics and International Finance

  • Abbreviation: J. Econ. Int. Finance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9812
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEIF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 309

Full Length Research Paper

The impact of money laundering in beautiful places: The case of Trinidad and Tobago

Lester Henry
  • Lester Henry
  • Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Shanice Moses
  • Shanice Moses
  • Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
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  •  Received: 12 December 2019
  •  Published: 31 January 2020

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between money laundering and economic growth in Trinidad and Tobago. It utilizes annual secondary time series data for the period 1990 to 2017. The proxy of fraud offences and narcotics is used to estimate the volume of money laundering. Cointegration analysis and Error Correction Modelling is employed to test the long-run and short-run relationship between money laundering and economic growth. Long-run analysis revealed that there is a positive significant relationship between fraud offences and economic growth while narcotics offences maintained a negative significant relationship with economic growth. In the short-run, estimations revealed that only fraud offences had a significant negative impact on economic growth.

 

Key words:  Money laundering, economic growth, Trinidad Tobago, Caribbean.