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Illicit Behavior and Economic Development (18th – 21th Centuries)

Based on concrete historic examples from Europe, USA and Brazil and Indochina, we will examine short, medium, and long-term relations between growth and economic development, technical progress and frauds. The concrete examples allows insights into various national and continental experiences to specify, to what extent there exists a relationship between economic development and illicit behavior, and about the character and transformations of this relation. Furthermore, our chosen examples aim to clarify, whether the character of fraud changed and how fraud influences the economy and forces the state to react with certain forms of control and punishment. Thus, they will clarify how public policies and regulation adapt to fight against illicit procedures in “regular” or “extraordinary” (crisis or wars) situations. The expansion of control processes, the development of policing services, national customs, and trans-frontier cooperation, their budget costs and their contributions will also subject to consideration.
The contributions of the other human and social sciences will further more allow comparing the relations between economic development and the expansion of illicit behavior. Special attention will be paid to the relation between the modernization of budgeting and accounting practices and the increase of legal rules.
The comparison between South and North allows us questioning a popular perception of fraud as a characteristic of “underdeveloped” or premodern countries. Therefore, one focus will be on the legitimacy of state intervention as well as its capacity to act in questions of redistribution, the encouragement or restriction of growth, knowledge about the benefits of expansion and control. This also permits insides into the evolution of national fiscal policies and their specificity.


  • Beatrice BT Touchelay, University of Lille France,, France
  • Luiz Carlos LCS Soares, Fluminense Federal University,, Brazil

Session members

  • Charles Richard CB Baker, Adelphi University, Willumstad School of Business,
  • Diego DG Galeano, Pontificia Universidade Católica PUC-Rio de Janeiro,
  • Miguel Ángel MM Melón Jiménez, University of Extremadura,
  • Kenneth KM Moure, University of Alberta,
  • Beatrice BT Touchelay, Université de Lille,
  • Ute US Schneider, University of Duisburg-Essen,
  • Rosangela Bra Ferreira Leite, University of São Paulo, Rosâ

Proposed discussant(s)

  • Beatrice BT Touchelay, University of Lille,