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Cooperating to Combat Tax Evasion How can national tax authorities share information to monitor taxpayers who derive income in more than one country or may shift funds offshore as part of a tax evasion strategy? This was the central topic for discussion at a three-day event on Cooperating to Combat Tax Evasion, held at ADBI on 27-29 February. The workshop brought together tax experts and representatives from nine Asian countries who discussed their countries' peer review processes in relation to compliance with the standards of the Global Forum on Transparency and the Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, and other frameworks. ADBI and ADB's Regional and Sustainable Development Department were key sponsors of the event which included cooperation with the National Tax Agency of Japan. Read more.

The Impact of Housing on Health: A Japanese Perspective

The Impact of Housing on Health: A Japanese Perspective Home ownership has a positive effect on health spending as well as self-assessed health according to Matthias Helble, ADBI research fellow, and Toshiaki Aizawa, ADBI research associate, at a seminar held at ADBI on 20 February. The researchers presented an ADBI study on Japan's housing policy and in particular the nexus between home ownership and health. They introduced the Keio Household Survey and then presented an empirical analysis of the link between home ownership and health in Japan. Read more.

Institutionalizing Regional Financial Stability

Institutionalizing Regional Financial Stability The enhancement of regional financial safety mechanisms (RFSMs) remains a continuous challenge on the conceptual and organizational level and as they have short histories, their organization, instruments and processes have not been seriously tested yet under practical circumstances. One such example is the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). At a roundtable held at the German Institute for Japanese Studies on 19 February, ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino, commenting on the current situation surrounding the Euro, indicated that based on the Yoshino-Mizoguchi model, the desired debt-to-GDP ratio, currently in the euro zone set at 60% should in fact depend on the economic structure of each country and not be the same for all euro zone countries, He emphasized that an empirical analysis is required for each country to determine the desired level. Roundtable agenda.

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Updated 27 February 2015
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