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WorkshopCode development training for Tanzania Revenue authority
UNU-WIDER organized an online code development training workshop using the Stata statistical software for the Tanzania Revenue Authority ( TRA ) staff on 20 January 2021. The objective of the training was to build the technical capacity of the TRA...
Working PaperDo tax administrative interventions targeted at small businesses improve tax compliance and revenue collection?: Evidence from Ugandan administrative tax data
This paper conducts an impact evaluation of the effects of two tax administration interventions—a taxpayer register expansion and education programme, and a new electronic filing system for presumptive tax—on the number of small business ...Tax administration Small business Tax compliance
Research BriefFinding optimal solutions for efficient youth labour policies: What kind of firms employ young people in South Africa?
According to South Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030, serious action needs to be taken to reduce poverty and encourage economic growth...Tax administration data Firm-level analysis Firm behaviour
Book ChapterEnhancing local content in Uganda
From the book: Mining for ChangeLocal content Oil and gas Tax administration data
Journal ArticleInequality, good governance, and endemic corruption
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionCorruption Tax administration data Governance
Working PaperTax research in South Africa
This framing paper has two main purposes. We first provide a brief survey of the economic literature on taxation in South Africa...Taxation Tax administration data Tax incidence
Book ChapterIndustries without smokestacks in Uganda and Rwanda
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksEconomic growth Industry Firm size
Working PaperEnhancing local content in Uganda’s oil and gas industry
This paper analyses policy options to promote local content in Uganda as it transitions into an oil-producing country...Local content Oil and gas Tax administration data
Working PaperEmployer characteristics and youth employment outcomes in the formal sector in South Africa: Assessment using administrative tax data
Through the use of administrative tax data, this study attempts to identify the characteristics of firms that employ relatively large numbers of young people...Tax administration data Firm-level analysis Firm behaviour
Working PaperInequality, good governance and endemic corruption
Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption? We examine a stylized poor state with weak institutions in which a ‘culture of evasion’ damages state authority...Corruption Tax administration data Governance
Working PaperIndustries without smokestacks in Uganda and Rwanda
We use unique high-frequency Government of Uganda and Government of Rwanda tax administration datasets to map the characteristics of ‘industries without smokestacks’ in East Africa...Economic growth Industry Firm size