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165 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleHow do small firms respond to tax schedule discontinuities?: Evidence from South African tax registers
This article is currently available for early online view. We study the responsiveness of small- and medium-sized firms to a small-business corporate income tax schedule using population-wide administrative data from South Africa...Corporate governance Small business Taxation
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Zambia - MicroZAMOD v2.3
This report documents MicroZAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Zambia. This work was carried out by Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis & Research ( ZIPAR ) in collaboration with the project partners. in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...Revenue Taxation SOUTHMOD
Journal ArticleQuantifying the Impacts of Expanding Social Protection on Efficiency and Equity: Evidence from a Behavioral Microsimulation Model for Ghana
Part of Journal Special Issue SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing CountriesDeveloping countries Social protection Taxation
Journal ArticleTax-benefit Microsimulation and Income Redistribution in Ecuador
Part of Journal Special Issue SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing CountriesIncome Taxation
Journal ArticleThe Effects of the Value-Added Tax on Revenue and Inequality
This paper examines the impact of the introduction of the value-added tax on inequality and government revenues using newly released macro data...Economic development Equality and inequality Taxation
Working PaperCan a wage subsidy system help reduce 50 per cent youth unemployment?: Evidence from South Africa
The paper examines the incidence and employment impacts of the Employment Tax Incentive, a South African wage subsidy system that is targeted at the employers of low-wage youth...Employment youth unemployment Taxation
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
NewsDirector Kunal Sen contributes to blog on taxation in developing countries
The capability to raise revenues from taxes – often called fiscal capacity – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of every state, particularly in developing countries. They need higher revenues to invest in a number of economic and...Taxation SDGs Tax revenue
BlogRevenue data like you’ve never seen it before: Introducing the GRD Explorer
Let’s face it, data is important. It sits at the core of almost everything that we in the development economics research community do. However, the way in which we use, share, understand, interpret and present data is more important still...Government revenue Taxation data
Journal ArticleTaxation and social protection under governance decentralisation
This article is currently available for early online view. Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
ReportSOUTHMOD Country Report Viet Nam - VNMOD v1.0
This report documents VNMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Viet Nam. This work was carried out by the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) in collaboration with KU Leuven and the project partners...taxes Benefits microsimulation
BlogTax havens - What is the nature of the beast?
International development organizations largely agree that illicit capital flight from developing countries is an obstacle for development. And transparency is commonly seen as the best way to tackle the issue. But is it enough?...corporate income tax Taxation Law and legislation (Taxation)
Journal ArticleThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...fiscal capacity intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa
Journal ArticleOn the Short- and Medium-Term Effects of Formalisation: Panel Evidence from Vietnam
This paper analyses the consequences of formalisation on the performance of informal firms, using a panel dataset from Vietnam...Factor proportions Informal sector (Economics) Wages
Journal ArticleTax Revenue Mobilization in Conflict-affected Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic DevelopmentConflict Taxation revenue mobilization