I set this site up to support my new book, The Finance Curse, first published in the UK in October 2018. I also wrote Treasure Islands, a book about tax havens, and Poisoned Wells, a book about oil in Africa. I have written for many publications including Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, The Economist, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Time, Prospect Magazine, the International Monetary Fund, and Foreign Affairs.

I am British but currently live in Berlin, Germany.

The Finance Curse book and film

The finance curse concept was first developed by John Christensen and Nicholas Shaxson (me).  In 2013 we published an initial report laying out the basic idea, and followed this in 2016 with our first academic paper, in partnership with Duncan Wigan of the Copenhagen Business School, in the The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Now it has become a major new book, published in the UK in October 2018 by Penguin Random House,  followed by an edition focused on the U.S., published a year later, which has received widespread praise.  It is now being turned into a documentary film.

A range of blogs and articles have already been published on the subject of the finance curse, some hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at Sheffield University in the UK, and some by the Tax Justice Network, with which I have worked (part time) for around a decade.

A new academic paper on the Finance Curse and the UK was published in October 2018, alongside the book.


Nicholas Shaxson can be contacted on:

[my surname] [at] gmail [dot] com

+49 172 772 9806

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