NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Annual Report 2020
Read about how our research shifted to address the effects of the global pandemic in 2020. The annual report also looks back at some of the highlights from our history as we celebrate 35 years of UNU-WIDER and the power of the WIDER network.
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK: Inequality in the Developing World
Inequality has emerged as a key development challenge. This book contributes to this important discussion by presenting assessments of the measurement and analysis of global inequality by leading inequality scholars. Read more
Have you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
37 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperSimulating personal income tax in South Africa using administrative data and survey data: A comparison of PITMOD and SAMOD for tax year 2018
In this paper we explore South Africa’s personal income tax system using two microsimulation models...Microsimulation Personal income tax Income distribution
BlogEcuador’s social protection system failed during the pandemic: It needs a rethink
Household incomes in Ecuador were badly hit by the pandemic, despite the government’s emergency grant to families...COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Working PaperAssessing the distributional impact of lowering the value-added tax rate for standard-rated items in Tanzania and options for recouping revenue losses
This paper explores the distributional impact of lowering the value-added tax rate for standard-rated items in Tanzania Mainland...Value-added tax Microsimulation Redistribution
Journal ArticleThe impact of indirect tax on income distribution and poverty in Tanzania
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | This study analyses the impacts of indirect tax benefits policy reforms on income distribution and poverty in Tanzania by applying a standard static microsimulation model TAZMOD v1.8...Income distribution SOUTHMOD Tax-benefit microsimulation
Working PaperThe role of automatic stabilizers and emergency tax–benefit policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador
This paper makes use of tax–benefit microsimulation techniques to quantify the distributional effects of COVID-19 in Ecuador and the role of tax–benefit policies in mitigating the immediate impact of the economic shocks...COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Working PaperExploring options for a universal old age pension in Tanzania Mainland
The provision of a universal old age pension is increasingly recognized as an important instrument for strengthening and extending social protection...Microsimulation Old age Non-contributory pensions
Working PaperAn analysis of the distributional impact of excise duty in Uganda using a tax-benefit microsimulation model
The distributional analysis of consumption taxes is useful for establishing the welfare impact of tax policy. This paper uses the UGAMOD microsimulation model to establish the tax incidence and welfare impact of excise duty in Uganda...Excise duty Microsimulation Poverty
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ecuador - ECUAMOD v1.5
This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador...Taxes Benefits Microsimulation
Working PaperTax–benefit microsimulation modelling in Zanzibar: A feasibility study
This working paper explores the feasibility of developing a tax and benefit microsimulation model in Zanzibar using the EUROMOD microsimulation software...Tax Benefits Microsimulation
Journal ArticleThe National Care System in Uruguay: Who Benefits and Who Pays?
Part of Journal Special Issue Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global SouthChildcare Elderly care Redistribution
Research BriefBalancing tax collection and equality: The case of value-added tax in South Africa
In a democratic system, taxation is a critical part of the social contract between the state and its citizens. The tax system can be used to help address the unacceptably high levels of poverty, inequality, and unemployment in South Africa...Value-added tax Microsimulation Redistribution
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ecuador - ECUAMOD v1.4
View the latest ECUAMOD country report here . This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador...Taxes Benefits Microsimulation
Journal ArticleEditorial - SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing CountriesSOUTHMOD Tax-benefit microsimulation Tax-benefit policy