Money laundering is a serious problem for the economy. What does research say about the current AML supervision? Is it sufficiently effective to discover and combat money laundering? What part can whistleblowing play?

SNS’ research project Money laundering and whistleblowing aimed to offer analysis and recommendations that could be used in combating money laundering, and, in particular, examine what role a whistleblower function could play in Europe.

The project resulted in a report co-authored by Giancarlo Spagnolo and Theo Nyreröd. The report was published in the fall of 2021.

Giancarlo Spagnolo is a professor of economics at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is also a professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (on leave).  On SNS’ behalf, Giancarlo Spagnolo has also authored the report Cost overrun and procurement competence in Sweden (June 2020). Theo Nyreröd is a PhD candidate at Brunel Law School, Brunel University London.


Money Laundering and Whistleblowers 2021.11.09


Research director: Stefan Sandström,, +46 70 922 73 73

Project manager: Angelica Dahl,, + 46 72 251 79 53

Funding and reference group

Deloitte, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, Länsförsäkringar, Mannheimer Swartling, the Swedish Police Authority (National Operations Department), SEB, Swedbank, The Swedish Bankers’ Association and the Swedish Prosecution Authority.