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Vanessa Ogle: “‘Funk Money’: Decolonization and the Expansion of Tax Havens, 1950s-1960”
April 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Humanities 1, Room 210
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This talk explores the emergence of modern offshore tax havens as a way to reopen the history of the decades ca. 1920s-1980s. During these decades an archipelago of distinct legal spaces appeared in a world otherwise increasingly dominated by more sizable nation-states. Tax havens were particularly important among these spaces, reaching from the Channel Islands, Monaco, and Luxembourg to the Bahamas, Panama, and Singapore, among many others. The talk asks why tax havens in particular expanded significantly between ca. 1945 and 1965, and points to decolonization and colonial systems of taxation as one answer. It thus sheds light on a crucial period during which much of today’s tax avoidance industry got off the ground, with lasting implications for the rise of inequality in Europe and North America.
Vanessa Ogle received her PhD at Harvard in 2011, Assistant, was a Associate Professor in modern European history at the University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2017, and is currently an Associate Professor, modern European history, UC Berkeley, 2017-present.
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.
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