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36 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperTaxless fiscal states: Lessons from 19th-century America and 21st-century China
How do modern fiscal states arise?...Public finance Fiscal capacity Land
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at the Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries
The 6th Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries brings together leading economists working on public economics in developing countries on 13-15 December 2021. The online event provides an opportunity for researchers from...
Journal ArticlePublic economics and development action: an introduction to a special issue in International Tax and Public Finance
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionInternational taxation Public finance SDG17
Journal Special IssuePublic economics and development action
Tax, and public-sector matters more generally, is high on the agenda of international development. This is clearly reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2015...Public economics Public finance International taxation
SeminarInclusive Growth in Mozambique seminar series: Analysis of the dynamics of sustainability of public finance in Mozambique
Prof. Sylvestre Manoela from the Faculty of Economics will give a presentation on 8 May 2019 at the Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, on ‘Analysis of the dynamics of sustainability of public finance in Mozambique 2000-16’ (‘An...
Working PaperToward closer cohesion of international tax statistics: The ICTD/UNU-WIDER GRD 2017
The Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) was launched in September 2014 and, in the few years since, has gone on to be recognized as the go-to source for researchers and policy makers seeking cross-country data on government revenues and taxes...Tax Fiscal policy Data
BlogMicrosimulation models for developing countries: An interview with Jukka Pirttilä
The University of Tampere is participating in an international project in which a microsimulation model is being drafted for the evaluation of the price effects of taxation and the transfer of income in developing countries...Tax Microsimulation Public finance
Working PaperThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs) There is already a well-established body of literature in public finance, which argues that intergovernmental grants ‘crowd out’ local revenue...Public finance
Journal ArticleForeign Aid, Resource Rents, and State Fragility in Mozambique and Angola
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Public finance Natural resources
BlogFinancial Reforms and Falling Inequality in Latin America, 2002-2012: Are They Connected?
29 October 2014 Giovanni Andrea Cornia For the last quarter of the twentieth century, Latin America suffered from low growth, rising inequality, and frequent financial crises; i.e., currency, sovereign debt, and banking crises...Equality and inequality Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Public finance
Working PaperAid, Environment, and Climate Change in Africa: The Case of Senegal
The paper reviews the dynamics of the financing based its analysis on the rich dataset of AidData ranging over 1993-2010, with around 9,077 observations on projects funded in Senegal by various multilateral as well as bilateral donors...Economic assistance and foreign aid Environmental policy Public finance
Working PaperExplaining Positive Deviance in Public Sector Reforms in Development
Public sector reforms are commonplace in developing countries. Much of the literature about these reforms reflects on their failures...Bureaucracy Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperForeign Aid, Resource Rents and Institution-Building in Mozambique and Angola
Sharing similar colonial and post-independence civil war experiences, Mozambique and Angola’s development paths are often contrasted, with foreign aid-dependent Mozambique hailed a success compared to oil rentier Angola...Economic assistance and foreign aid Elite (Social sciences) Public finance
Working PaperDelivering Good Aid in Hard Places: the Yemen Social Fund for Development Approach
The Yemen Social Fund for Development (SFD) was established in 1997 with the support of the international community, and in particular the World Bank, to combat national poverty and reinforce the limited existing social safety net...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic development projects
Research BriefGrowth for Low-Income Countries?
Even the most optimistic analyses accept that many low-income countries (LICs) will remain low income for some time to come. Consequently, when assessing the policy options available to LICs it is important to take a long term view...Climate change Economic assistance and foreign aid Public finance