Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
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.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
93 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
SeminarBrian Levy and Alan Hirsch on the challenge of economic inclusion in South Africa
Working PaperThe macroeconomic effect of fiscal policy in South Africa: A narrative analysis
This paper analyses the macroeconomic effect of legislated personal income tax changes in South Africa over the 1996–2019 period...Personal income tax Structural VAR Instrumental variable
Technical NoteExploring the quality of income data in two South African household surveys which underpin SAMOD
This note has set out several data processes that have been undertaken using the income data in dataset(s) that underpin SAMOD...Tax-benefit microsimulation Income distribution South Africa
BlogStunted growth, orphans, and access to sanitation services in South Africa
Stunted growth in early life has serious implications for cognitive development and is a well-established constraint to individual productivity and life expectancy...Child wellbeing Child nutrition South Africa
Policy seminarSA-TIED policy dialogue – Macroeconomics and inequality in South Africa
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
Working PaperEstimating employment responses to South Africa’s Employment Tax Incentive
We present new evidence on the effects of South Africa’s Employment Tax Incentive (ETI), a hiring and employment wage subsidy aimed at reducing youth unemployment...Difference-in-differences Employment event study
Background NoteBuilding tax data for research: The South African experience
Introduction: data for development Globally, one of the key factors associated with increasing use of data to inform policy-making has been the increased availability of new administrative data sources...Tax data Administrative data South Africa
Policy seminarSA-TIED policy dialogue — International trade and global value chains
SeminarSA-TIED seminar on pension-related tax expenditures
On 03 May the SA-TIED programme will host an online seminar on pension-related tax expenditures. The presentation will be given by Agustin Redonda and Chris Axelson under the SA-TIED project work stream on Public revenue for inclusive development ...
Working PaperMeasuring earnings inequality in South Africa using household survey and administrative tax microdata
Overall income inequality in South Africa is very high, and inequality generated in the labour market is a key driver of inequality...Inequality Earnings Tax data
Working PaperState-dependent fiscal multipliers and financial dynamics: An impulse response analysis by local projections for South Africa
The aim of this paper is to assess South Africa’s fiscal multiplier across different states of the economy, with a focus on the financial accelerator mechanism of fiscal policy shocks, by estimating impulse response functions from both linear a...Fiscal multipliers impulse response State-dependent
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at an SA-TIED Policy dialogue event
UNU-WIDER's SA-TIED programme organized an online policy dialogue event on 19 April. The topic of the event was ' Tax and benefit responses to COVID-19 in South Africa '. The event introduced research results of studies using the...
BlogCOVID-19 lays bare Cape Town’s social divide, deepens underlying inequalities
The COVID-19 pandemic delivered a devastating economic shock to livelihoods across the world. In Cape Town, it has been toughest on those who had just found a way to keep their heads above water, living on the fringes of urban society...South Africa Urban COVID-19
BlogGood intentions falling short – the case of pension-related tax expenditures in South Africa
Tax benefits to boost contributions into pension funds or pension-related tax expenditures (PTEs) are used widely by governments worldwide to address issues related to the aging of population and the sustainability of retirement systems...Inequality Tax administration data Tax expenditures
Working PaperThe impacts of public expenditure innovations on real exchange rate volatility in South Africa
This study investigates the impacts of public expenditure innovations on exchange rate volatility in South Africa using quarterly data for the period 1970–2019...Public expenditure impulse response Exchange rate