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Working PaperThe effects of personal income tax reform on employees’ taxable income in Uganda
We evaluate a major personal income tax reform in Uganda that came into effect in 2012–13. The reform increased the tax-free lower threshold, increased tax rates for higher incomes, and introduced an additional highest tax band...Personal income tax Uganda Administrative data
PresentationMaria Jouste at the North East Universities Development Consortium
Maria Jouste , UNU-WIDER Research Associate, will present a research paper at the North East Universities Development Consortium on 6 November 2020. The virtual conference, hosted by Dartmouth College , will be held 6-7 November (EST). The topic of...
Working PaperTaxpayer responsiveness to taxation: Evidence from bunching at kink points of the South African income tax schedule
The author applies the bunching methodology to South African administrative tax data over the period from 2011 to 2017 to investigate the responsiveness of individual taxpayers to changes in marginal personal income tax rates...Elasticity of taxable income Personal income tax South Africa
Policy BriefReducing inequalities in South Africa: Progress on equality thwarted by slow growth and success of top earners
South Africa has the highest rate of measured inequality in the world. Often thought to be a legacy of the apartheid system, inequality in South Africa has stubbornly persisted...Earnings Personal income tax Survey data
Working PaperTaking stock of South African income inequality
We synthesize the findings from several recent papers on South Africa’s very high income inequality...Earnings Personal income tax Survey data
Working PaperTop incomes’ impacts on inequality, growth, and social welfare: Combining surveys and income tax data in Brazil
This paper evaluates the impacts of combining household surveys with income tax return files, in terms of growth, inequality, and social welfare in Brazil from 2007 to 2015...Labour income Personal income tax Household data
Working PaperThe effect of top incomes on inequality in South Africa
South Africa exhibits extreme levels of income inequality and is ranked as one of the most unequal countries in the world...Income distribution Economic inequality Personal income tax