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Fiscal capacity
Paving the way for fiscal capacity
21 March 2023
Online, Finland
Past event
Inequality, fiscal space, and crisis response — A matter of priority, affordability, or both?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments financed more than 5000 fiscal support policies worldwide in 2020–21...

Fiscal policy Fiscal capacity Inequality
Kunal Sen to present at TaxCapDev conference

UNU-WIDER Director Kunal Sen presents at the TaxCapDev conference Power and Politics – Perspectives on Taxation and State Building in Africa on 1-2 September 2022, held in Bergen, Norway. Kunal Sen will participate in two panels over the...

1 September 20222 September 2022
Terminus Hall, Grand Terminus Hotel, Zander Kaaes gate 6, Bergen, Norway
Past event
State assigned property rights and revenue collection in sub-Saharan Africa

Across sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries there are striking differences in citizen willingness to pay taxes...

Fiscal capacity Building State Capabilities State capacity
Fiscal states in developing economies: Why do they matter and where do they come from?

Modern states are complex organizations which perform a broad range of functions. They have an important role in economic and human development...

Fiscal capacity State capacity Building State Capabilities
Tax revenues and tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa

African countries raise lower amounts of tax as a share of national income (GDP) than other countries. Researchers are interested in understanding why this is the case...

Government tax revenue Government revenue domestic resource mobilization
Working Paper
Taxless fiscal states: Lessons from 19th-century America and 21st-century China

How do modern fiscal states arise?...

Public finance Fiscal capacity Land
Working Paper
No taxation without informational foundation: On the role of legibility in tax state development

This paper combines cross-national statistical analysis and in-depth historical case studies of Argentina and Chile to explore the relationship between two crucial dimensions of state capacity...

State capacity Information Fiscal capacity
Working Paper
Fiscal capacity in non-democratic states: the origins and expansion of income tax

The origins of fiscal capacity have traditionally been linked to warfare and democratization. However, non-democratic states also invest in fiscal capacity, even in times of peace...

Fiscal capacity Autocracy Income tax
Working Paper
What are the drivers of tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa?

There is limited research on the underlying institutional framework of tax policy and capacity: how tax collection efficiency changes over time and the importance of institutional factors in this process...

Fiscal capacity General-to-specific Tax policy
Project workshop
Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank Project workshop: Fiscal states – the origins and development implications
15 June 202122 June 2021
Online, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Working Paper
Is there a fiscal resource curse?: Resource rents, fiscal capacity, and political institutions in developing economies

States’ fiscal capacity plays a pivotal role in developing economies, but it is less clear what its determinants are or what explains cross-country differences. We focus on the impact of natural resources...

State capacity Fiscal capacity Resource curse
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash Fiscal states – the origins and developmental implications

Theme: Transforming states

Fiscal capacity Taxation Building State Capabilities
How can developing countries pay for the SDGs?

With official development assistance under strain, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require developing countries to rely increasingly on their own resources...

SDGs Millennium Development Goals Official development assistance
Developing countries would benefit from improved tax collection: What can help?

The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state...

Tax revenue Fiscal capacity Income tax
Journal Article
The impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania

Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...

Fiscal capacity Intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa
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