Anti-Counterfeiting Virtual Research Symposium

Financial Aspects of the Trade in Counterfeit Products

July 6, 2021

Counterfeit goods fraud is reputedly one of the fastest growing businesses in the world. Considerable academic work has examined the flow of counterfeit goods, but little has examined the financial mechanisms for such work. Anqi Shen and colleagues undertook an exploratory study of the financial management of the counterfeit goods trade. They addressed how counterfeiters secure and sustain financial backing, settle payments, and spend or invest profits. Shen and colleagues interviewed law enforcement and other government officials, academics and researchers, criminal entrepreneurs, legitimate entrepreneurs, and other knowledgeable individuals. Watch the video above from the 2020 Anti-Counterfeiting Virtual Research Symposium to learn more.