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Measuring smartness: understanding the economic impact of targeted sanctions

In the wake of Russia's Crimean intervention in 2014, have the "smart" sanctions imposed by the US government on targeted companies had a measurable effect on their financials?

Tasked by the US State Department and equipped with a rich bank of structured data from Orbis, the Office of the Chief Economist set out to answer that question in detail.

As well as demonstrating the power of Bureau van Dijk's databases in identifying sanctioned entities and individuals across borders, the working paper that arose from their rigorous work makes fascinating reading.

Among other things, it includes:

  • A detailed introduction, setting the context of the research
  • A discussion of different types of international sanction and lists that publish sanctioned entities and individuals
  • An explanation of the paper's methodology, along with charts and graphs