Prof. dr. Brigitte Unger
b.unger@uu.nl
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Profile

Brigitte Unger, born in Austria in 1955, has studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and at the Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien, where she also became professor. Since 2002 she holds the chair of Economics of the Public Sector at the Utrecht University School of Economics. From 2012 till 2015 Brigitte Unger was also Director of the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences (WSI), in Düsseldorf. Her publications are on Corporatism, Economic Policy, Tax Competition and Money Laundering. She has measured Money Laundering for the Netherlands in 2006, has published three books with Edward Elgar on Money Laundering and several academic articles on it. Furthermore, she is consultant of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the UNODC, the EU and EUROSTAT on Money Laundering issues.

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
Tax Evasion
Skills
German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch
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All publications
  2017 - Articles
Ferwerda, J., Deleanu, I.S. & Unger, B. (14.05.2017). Corruption in Public Procurement: Finding the Right Indicators. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 23 (2), (pp. 245-267).
  2017 - Books
Unger, B., van der Linde, D.E. & Getzner, M. (2017). Public or Private Goods? Redefining Res Publica. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2017 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. (2017). Protection Against Unemployment - A Res Publica?  . In Brigitte Unger, Daan van der Linde & M. Getzner (Eds.), Public or Private Goods?: Redefining Res Publica (pp. 117-131). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2016 - Articles
Unger, B. (2016). Bei Kopf gewinne ich, bei Zahl verlierst du. Neue Gesellschaft Frankfurter Hefte, 2016 (6), (pp. 39-43).
  2016 - Book parts / chapters
Ferwerda, J. & Unger, B. (2016). Organised crime infiltration in the Netherlands. Transportation companies hiding transit crimes. In Ernesto Savona, Michele Riccardi & Giulia Berlusconi (Eds.), Organised crime in European businesses Routledge.
  2015 - Articles
Unger, B. (2015). Wer ist reich?. Süddeutsche Zeitung (68), (pp. 20).
  2015 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. (2015). Introduction and Summary. In B. Unger (Eds.), The German Model: Seen By Its Neighbours (pp. 1-39). SE Publishing with WSI.
  2014 - Articles
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Die aktuelle Zahl. SPW - Zeitschrift für sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft, 2014 (1) (1 p.).
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Ein soziales Europa ist ein Gewinn – auch für Unternehmer. Neue Wege, 2014 (1), (pp. 25-32).
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Es bleiben zu viele Schlupflöcher. Böckler Impuls, 2014 (4) (1 p.).
Unger, B. (05.03.2014). Europa moet loskomen van antiwitwasdoctrine VS. Financieel Dagblad
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Für ein Soziales Europa. Kurswechsel, 2014 (1), (pp. 97-101).
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Geldwäsche: Mehr Kooperation nötig. Böckler Impuls, 10, (pp. 6-6).
Unger, B. (24.04.2014). Hardere aanpak witwassen zwart geld. Leeuwarder Courant
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Interpretationen der Wirklichkeit. WSI Mitteilungen, 67 (2014/2), (pp. 160-161).
Unger, B. (05.03.2014). Nederland een van de kwetsbaarste landen in EU voor witwassen crimineel geld. Financieel Dagblad
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Sieben Wege zu höheren Einnahmen. Böckler Impuls (2 p.).
Unger, B. (07.03.2014). Witwasser kan rustig z'n gang gaan. NRC
  2014 - Books
Unger, B., Ferwerda, J., van den Broek, M. & Deleanu, I. (2014). The Economic and Legal Effectiveness of the European Union’s Anti-Money Laundering Policy. (264 p.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Unger, Brigitte, van den Broek, Melissa & Deleanu, Ioana (2014). The Economic and Legal Effectiveness of the European Union's Anti-Money Laundering Policy. (256 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2014 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, Brigitte (2014). Is the Netherlands a Tax Haven?. In W.O. Ottsch, G. Grozinger, K.M. Beyer & L. Brautigam (Eds.), The Political Economy of Offshore Jurisdictions Metropolis Verlag.
  2013 - Articles
Unger, B. (22.01.2013). Brievenbusfirma's leveren werk en geld op. NRC NEXT
Unger, B. (25.01.2013). Brievenbusfirma's poetsen imago op. Interview Jan Reint de Vos van Steenwijk, voorzitter van Holland Quaestor. NRC Handelsblad
Unger, B. (2013). Can Money Laundering Decrease?. Public Finance Review, 41, (pp. 658-676) (19 p.).
Unger, B. (2013). Das geplatzte Steuerabkommen – ein slechtes Geschäft?. WSI Mitteilungen
Unger, B. (05.07.2013). De Nederlandsche Bank wil trustsector opschonen. De Volkskrant [online]
Groot, L.F.M., Ferwerda, J., Kattenberg, M.A.C., Chang, H.H., Unger, B. & Bikker, J.A. (2013). Gravity models of trade-based money laundering. Applied Economics, 45 (22), (pp. 3170-3182) (13 p.).
Unger, B. (2013). Jugend ohne Job?. Böckler Impuls, 11 (2).
Unger, B. (2013). Schluss mit den Steurnwettbewerb in Europa!. Magazin Mitbestimmung, 6, (pp. 33-33) (1 p.).
Unger, B. (25.05.2013). Wichtig ist vor allem, Informationen zu sammeln. Die Tagespost
  2013 - Books
Unger, B. & van der Linde, D.E. (2013). Research Handbook on Money Laundering. (528 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2013 - Book parts / chapters
Ferwerda, J. & Unger, B. (2013). Detecting Money Laundering in the Real Estate Sector. In B. Unger & D. van der Linde (Eds.), Research Handbook on Money Laundering (pp. 21) (1 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (2013). How to dodge drowning in data? Rule- and risk-based anti-money laundering policies compared’,. In B. Unger & D. van der Linden (Eds.), Research Handbook on Money Laundering, (pp. 399-425) (27 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Walker, J. & Unger, B. (2013). Measuring global money laundering: the Walker Gravity Model. In N. Beekarry (Eds.), Combating Money Laundering and terrorism Finance: Past and Current Challenges (pp. chapter-23) (1 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2012 - Articles
Unger, B. (11.08.2012). Diender met een dasspeld. Twentse courant Tubantia
Unger, B. (2012). Ein Kraut gegen Staatsschulden. WSI Mitteilungen, 2012 (4), (pp. 252-252) (1 p.).
Unger, B. & den Hertog, J.A. (2012). Water always finds its way. New forms of money laundering. Crime, Law and Social Change, 57 (3), (pp. 287-304) (18 p.).
Unger, B. (17.11.2012). Witwassen is als water, het vindt altijd een nieuwe weg. Financieel Dagblad
Unger, B. (24.11.2012). Zaken: letterlijk. Elsevier
  2012 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. (2012). Money Laundering and Transfer. In C. Bates & J. Ciment (Eds.), Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
  2011 - Articles
Koetsier, I. & Unger, B. (2011). De grens van de Nederlandse staatschuld. Economisch Statistische Berichten, 96 (4602).
Bikker, J.A., Ferwerda, J. & Unger, B. (2011). Witwassen door Misbruik Internationale Handel. Economisch Statistische Berichten, 96 (4621), (pp. 650-652) (3 p.).
  2011 - Books
Unger, B. & Ferwerda, J. (2011). Money Laundering in the Real Estate Sector. (175 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2011 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (2011). ‘Les Transferts d’Argent vers la République du Suriname - Par Voie Légitime ou par Voie Illégale ?. In M. Dion (Eds.), La Criminalité Financière. Prévention, Gouvernance et Influences Culturelles (pp. 181-203) (23 p.). Brussels: De Boeck.
Unger, B. & Koetsier, I. (2011). De Grens van de Nederlandse Staatsschuld. Jaarboek 2011. Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde Den Haag: SDU.
Unger, B. (2011). From Al Capone to Al Qaeda, Regulating Money Laundering. In D. Levy (Eds.), Handbook on the Politics of Regulation (pp. 47-47) (1 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (2011). Les transferts d’argent vers la Républica du Suriname – par voie légitime ou par voie illégale?. In M. Dion (Eds.), La criminalité financière Brussel: De Boeck.
McCarthy, C., van Doorn, F. & Unger, B. (2011). Tax Competition and the Harmonisation of Corporate Tax Rates in Europe. In M. N. Jovanovic (Eds.), International Handbook On The Economics Of Integration, Volume II: Competition, Spatial Location of Economic Activity and Financial Issues (pp. 20) (1 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2010 - Articles
Gnutzmann, H., Mccarthy, K. & Unger, B. (2010). Dancing with the devil: Country size and the incentive to tolerate money laundering. International Review of Law and Economics, 30 (3), (pp. 244-252) (9 p.).
  2009 - Articles
Unger, B. (2009). Die Krisse fest im Griff. WISO, 4.
Unger, B. (24.10.2009). Ende der Krise: „Das ist Wunschdenken. Oberösterreichische Nachrichten
van Groezen, Bas, Kiiver, H. & Unger, B. (2009). Explaining Europeans’ preferences for pension provision. European Journal of Political Economy, 25 (2), (pp. 237-246) (10 p.).
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (2009). How to dodge drowning in data? rule- and rrisk-based anti money laundering policies comopared. Review of Law and Economics, 5 (2), (pp. 953-985) (33 p.).
Unger, B. & Walker, J. (2009). Measuring Global Money Laundering: The Walker Gravity Model. Review of Law and Economics, 5 (2).
Unger, B. (2009). Money Laundering - A Newly Emerging Topic on the International Agenda. Review of Law and Economics, 5 (2).
Unger, B. (07.10.2009). Noch schärfere Krise in zwei, drei Jahren. Der Standard
Unger, B. (08.10.2009). Österreich hat den Ruf eines Top-Geldwäschelands. Salzburger Nachrichten
Unger, B. (2009). Wie is verantwoordelijk voor de financiële crisis?. Justitiële Verkenningen, 6 (5), (pp. 77-95) (19 p.).
  2009 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (2009). 'Ondergronds geld geven - op welke achtergronden? Over migrantenoverdrachten naar Suriname. In D. Siegel H. van de Bunt (Eds.), Ondergronds bankieren in Nederland (pp. 33-58) (26 p.). Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers.
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (2009). Ondergronds geld geven – op welke gronden. In H. van den Bunt & D. Diegel (Eds.), Ondergronds bankieren in Nederland Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers.
Unger, B. & Ferwerda, J. (2009). Regulating Money Laundering and Tax Havens: The Role of Blacklisting. In A. Sabitha (Eds.), Combating Money Laundering – Transnational Perspectives Nagarjuna Hills: ICFAI University Press.
  2008 - Articles
Unger, B. & Rawlings, G. (2008). Competing for Criminal Money. Global Business and Economics Review, 10 (3), (pp. 331-352) (22 p.).
Unger, B. (2008). Effectiviteit van antiwitwasbeleid in Nederland. Economisch Statistische Berichten, 93 (4543), (pp. 45-50) (6 p.).
Unger, B. (2008). Meten van Internationale Economische Effecten van Antiwitwasbeleid, Bestrijding van Witwaspraktijken; een Strafrechtelijk, Economisch en Fiscaal Perspectief. Weekblad voor fiscaal recht, 6747, (pp. 28-33) (6 p.).
  2007 - Articles
Unger, B. (13.11.2007). De vraag is of het parlement de onderste steen boven kan krijgen' - Witwas-enquete is moeilijk. BN/de Stem, (pp. 6-6) (1 p.).
Unger, B. (05.11.2007). Handelsnatie Nederland is witwasparadijs. Algemeen Dagblad, (pp. 6-6) (1 p.).
Unger, B. (13.01.2007). Miljardendans om migranten; geldzendingen naar landen van herkomst zijn bron van ontwikkeling. NRC Handelsblad, (pp. 24-24) (1 p.).
Unger, B. (2007). Regiowaehrung, der rettende Engel? for Wochenklausur Austria. Die Zeit
Unger, B. (13.11.2007). 'Witwassen gebeurt niet altijd vrijwillig'. Brabants dagblad, (pp. 4-4) (1 p.).
  2007 - Books
Masciandaro, D. & Unger, B. (2007). Black Finance The Economics of Money Laundering. (288 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Unger, B. (2007). The Scale and Impacts of Money Laundering. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2007 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B., Ferwerda, J. & Siegel, M. (2007). Measuring Money Laundering for Australia and the Netherlands. In B. Unger (Eds.), The Scale and Impacts of Money Laundering (pp. 57-89) (33 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2006 - Articles
Unger, B. (2006). De Omvang en het Effect van Witwassen. Justitiële Verkenningen, 32 (2), (pp. 21-33) (13 p.).
Unger, B. (2006). Toezicht op Criminele Geldstromen. Idee (D66), 27 (2), (pp. 29-32) (3 p.).
  2006 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. (2006). Who Governs? Economic Governance Mechanisms and Financial Market Regulation. In P. Mooslechner, H. Schuberth & B. Weber (Eds.), The Political economy of Financial Market Regulation: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion (pp. 59-88) (30 p.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  2006 - Membership of committee
Unger, B. (2006 2014) Member Member, Scientific Council, Forum für Politische Bildung (Event) Member, Scientific Council, Forum für Politische Bildung
  2005 - Articles
Unger, B. (2005). Plannen kabinet te voorzichtig. U blad : Utrechts universiteitsblad, (pp. 13) (1 p.).
  2005 - Books
Dachs, H., Diendorfer, G., Fassmann, H. & Unger, B. (2005). Globales Lernen – Politische Bildung, Beiträge zu einer Nachhaltigen Entwicklung, Politische Bildung, Grundlagen-Zugänge-Materialien. Vienna: öbv&hpt, band 23.
Dachs, H., Diendorfer, G., Fassmann, H. & Unger, B. (2005). Wie Viel Europa? Österreich, Europäische Union, Europa, Politische Bildung, Grundlagen-Zugänge-Materialien. Vienna: obv&hpt, Band 24.
  2005 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. (2005). Will the Dutch Level Out their One and Only Mountain? The Pietersberg Paradox and Mountains of debt. In PP de Gijsel & EJJ Schenk (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Economics (pp. 381-403) (444 p.). Dordrecht: Springer.
  2003 - Articles
Unger, B. (2003). Docenten-column. De Ecunomist, (pp. 16-18) (3 p.).
Unger, B. & Zagler, M. (2003). Institutions and Organizational Determinants of Product Innovation. Innovation, 16 (3), (pp. 293-310) (18 p.). Article is written in English.
Unger, B. & Heitzmann, K. (01.11.2003). The Adjustment of the Austrian Welfare State Back to Bismarck?. Journal of European Social Policy, 13 (4), (pp. 371-387) (17 p.). Article is written in English.
  2003 - Book parts / chapters
Unger, B. (2003). Austrian Social Partnership: Just A Midlife Crisis?. In van F Waarden & G. Lehmbruch (Eds.), Renegotiation the Welfare State, Flexible Adjustment through Corporatist Concertation (pp. 97-113) (17 p.). New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
  2003 - Inaugural speech
Unger, B. (22.10.2003). Graaft Nederland zijn eigen bergje af? The Pietersberg paradox ans Mountains of Debt. (62 p.). Utrecht: Universiteit Utecht.
  1999 - Articles
Unger, B. & van Waarden, F. (1999). Interest Associations and Economic Growth. A Critique of Mancur Olson's "Rise and Decline of Nations". Review of International Political Economy, 6 (4), (pp. 425-467) (43 p.).
  1995 - Books
Unger, B. (1995). Europa zwischen Integration und Designation. Zum Spannungsfeld zwischen ökonomischer und politischer Integration. Metropolis Verlag.
  1995 - Book parts / chapters
van Waarden, F. & Unger, B. (1995). Introduction: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Convergence. In B.F. van Waarden & B. Unger (Eds.), Convergence or Diversity? Internationalization and Economic Policy Response (pp. 1-35) (35 p.). Aldershot: Avebury.
  1994 - Books
van Waarden, F. & Unger, B. (1994). Interest Associations and Economic Growth: A Critique of Manour Olson's 'Rise and Decline of Nations'. (49 p.). Unknown Publisher.
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Project:
COFFERS - Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators
01.11.2016 to 01.11.2019
General project description 

Since 2008 'fiscal leaks' have become an immediate policy challenge for EU governments, partly as a result of tax abuse. The COFFERS project unfolds as EU tax authorities transition to a new era in tackling tax abuse based upon policy innovation at the OECD, EU and national levels. COFFERS recognizes this creates a state of flux where much tax authority expertise regarding past regulations, systems and practices is now irrelevant and understanding has, instead, to focus upon the on-going change process. Deploying principles of evolutionary political economy COFFERS both studies and is an integral part of this change process. COFFERS recognizes that identifying and tackling the tax gap to relieve inequality is the ultimate aim. Noting the tax gap exists both domestically and internationally and ranges from criminal money laundering to sophisticated tax avoidance, COFFERS benchmarks current understanding of these issues, undertakes comparative analysis of approaches taken to tackle them across EU Member States, and assesses resources being allocated to the task of closing the tax gap. In parallel expert networks in business, the tax profession, secrecy jurisdictions and the criminal economy that develop the mechanisms undermining the expected effectiveness of tax systems will be appraised, especially with regard to responses to regulatory changes taking place. This results in COFFERS outputs that transmit analysis, risk assessment and policy advice. Deliverables of use to EU tax authorities include new tax gap analyses by state, tax risk maps identifying risk by jurisdiction, a new anatomy of money laundering risk, and tools to help tax authorities understand the risks that they face domestically and internationally. COFFERS delivers value for money in enhancing tax yield, effectiveness in creating the tools to achieve that goal, and behavioural change in taxpayers and their advisers as a result of recommendations made, all with the aim of reducing inequality.


Project website: http://coffers.eu/

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: Horizon2020 project
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. dr. Richard Murphy (City University London)
  • Prof. dr. Ronen Palan (City University London)
  • Prof. Anastasia Nesvetailova (City University London)
  • Prof. dr. Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School)
  • dr. Duncan Wigan (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Dr. Brooke Harrington (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Markus Meinzer (Tax Justice Network)
  • Dr. Sheila Killian (University of Limerick)
  • Prof. dr. Thomas Rixen (University of Bamberg)
  • Dr. Petr Janský (Charles University in Prague)
  • Prof. Yuval Millo (University of Leicester)
  • Dr. Nikiforos Panourgias (University of Leicester)
  • Dr. Leyla Ates (Istanbul Kemerburgaz University)

Completed projects

Project:
The Nature and Amount of Criminal Spending 01.12.2016 to 01.12.2017
General project description

https://www.wodc.nl/onderzoeksdatabase/2790-witwaspiramide.aspx

 
Role Researcher Funding
External funding: financed by Scientific Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) - Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. dr. Edward Kleemans
  • dr. Brigitte Slot
  • dr. Linette de Swart
Project:
Self-employed without personnel: between freedom and insecurity 01.09.2013 to 01.03.2016
General project description

Recent decades show an increase in the number and share of self-employed without personnel in several European countries. This research project aims to provide evidence based insights with respect to the advantages and risks of the growth of the number of self-employed in Germany and The Netherlands.

 
Role Researcher Funding
External funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr. Karin Schulze Buschoff
Project:
Organised Crime Portfolio 01.01.2013 to 31.12.2014
General project description

project with TRANSCRIME (Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Università di Trento) on the investment behaviour of Organised Crime

 
Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: Tender HOME/2011/ISEC/AG/FINEC/400000222
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof.dr. Ernesto Savona
  • Prof. dr. Michele Riccardi
Project:
EU financed project ECOLEF on the Economic and Legal Effectiveness of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing in the 27 EU Member States 01.12.2009 to 01.12.2012
General project description

A research project on the Economic and Legal Effectiveness of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing in the 27 EU Member States

 
Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: With the financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union, European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs: JLS/2009/ISEC/AG/087
Project members UU
External project members:
  • John Walker
Project:
Detecting Criminal Investments in the Dutch Real Estate Sector 01.01.2008 to 01.01.2010
General project description

 

 
Role Researcher Funding
External funding: funded by the Dutch Ministries of Finance, Interior Affairs and Justice
Project members UU
External project members:
  • H. Nelen
  • L. Ritzen
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Bachelor course Economics of the Public Sector (level 2, period 4)

Master course Policy Competition in an International World (master EPPM, period 2)

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Additional functions and activities
  • Member of the EU Working Group on Asset Recovery Offices  DG Home since 2012
  • Member of the EU Working Group on Cybercrime and Virtual Currencies DG Homr  since 2014
  • Director of the Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Instituut (Institute of Economic and Social Research) in Düsseldorf, Germany.  2012 - 2015
  • Member of the German Scientific Council ( Wissenschaftsrat) feb 2016 - feb 2019

 

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Full name
Prof. dr. B. Unger Contact details
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The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 9809
E-mail
b.unger@uu.nl
Postal address
P.O. Box 80125
3508 TC    UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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