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In this blog Shreya Bhattacharya, PhD candidate at University of Houston, talks about her research, future aspirations, and her experience as a PhD Fellow at UNU-WIDER.
Journal Article: What does it mean to be poor? Investigating the qualitative-quantitative divide in Mozambique
Open access | This article reflects on the merits of seeking to reconcile economic (quantitative) and anthropological (qualitative) analytical approaches.
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Book: Extractive Industries
Open access | New initiatives recognize that resource wealth can provide a means, when properly used, for poorer nations to decisively break with poverty by diversifying economies and funding development spending.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
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Working PaperModelling value-added tax (VAT) in South Africa: Assessing the distributional impact of the recent increase in the VAT rate and options for redress through the benefits system
Using SAMOD, a tax-benefit microsimulation model for South Africa, this paper examines the joint distributional impact of the increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate and increases in benefit amounts in 2018...value-added tax microsimulation Redistribution
Working PaperFiscal redistribution in Brazil: Dynamic microsimulation, 2003–15
This paper assesses causes and consequences of fiscal redistribution in Brazil...Redistribution Fiscal redistribution Income inequality
Working PaperThe state and development
Using a comparative frame that draws on the variation of developmental trajectories in Asia from Northeast Asia to China to Southeast Asia and to India, this paper explores the changing role of the state in these countries and the contributions that ...State Democracy Redistribution
Journal ArticleTaxation and Inequality in Developing Countries: Lessons from the Recent Experience of Latin America
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Developmenttax policy Inequality Redistribution
Journal ArticleOptimal taxation and public provision for poverty reduction
The existing literature on optimal taxation typically assumes there exists a capacity to implement complex tax schemes, which is not necessarily the case for many developing countries...Income tax Poverty Public goods
Working PaperWorker retraining and transfer payments: The political economy of social protection
We conduct an incentive-theoretical analysis of political economy considerations in the design of social protection programmes in developing countries to accompany economic reforms...Political economy Social protection Transfer payments
Working PaperRegime type, inequality, and redistributive transfers in developing countries
The debate on whether democracy and inequality increase the level of redistribution is ongoing. We construct a model that predicts higher probability of redistribution in democracies than autocracies through social transfers...regime type Redistribution Inequality
Working PaperNational Care System in Uruguay: Who benefits and who pays?
In this paper, we analyse two specific policies that make up the National Care System, a social policy being implemented in Uruguay...Childcare Elderly care Redistribution
Working PaperRedistribution around the world: Causes and consequences
This paper re-examines the determinants and consequences of redistribution in light of improved data and methods relative to earlier literature...Cross-country analysis Growth Inequality
Working PaperThe political economy of ‘linked’ progressive taxation in Africa and Latin America
One key element in the reduction of poverty and (in Latin America) inequality has been the achievement of greater fiscal equity; we analyse one key part of this process, which is the earmarking of portions of tax revenue to be spent on progressive pu...Taxation Public expenditure Political econom