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Working PaperExploring options for a universal old age pension in Tanzania Mainland
The provision of a universal old age pension is increasingly recognized as an important instrument for strengthening and extending social protection...microsimulation Old age public pensions
Working PaperAn analysis of the distributional impact of excise duty in Uganda using a tax-benefit microsimulation model
The distributional analysis of consumption taxes is useful for establishing the welfare impact of tax policy. This paper uses the UGAMOD microsimulation model to establish the tax incidence and welfare impact of excise duty in Uganda...excise duty microsimulation Poverty
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ecuador - ECUAMOD v1.5
This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador...taxes Benefits microsimulation
Working PaperTax–benefit microsimulation modelling in Zanzibar: A feasibility study
This working paper explores the feasibility of developing a tax and benefit microsimulation model in Zanzibar using the EUROMOD microsimulation software...Tax Benefits microsimulation
Journal ArticleThe National Care System in Uruguay: Who Benefits and Who Pays?
Part of Journal Special Issue Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global SouthChildcare Elderly care Redistribution
Research BriefBalancing tax collection and equality: The case of value-added tax in South Africa
In a democratic system, taxation is a critical part of the social contract between the state and its citizens. The tax system can be used to help address the unacceptably high levels of poverty, inequality, and unemployment in South Africa...value-added tax microsimulation Redistribution
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ecuador - ECUAMOD v1.4
View the latest ECUAMOD country report here . This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador...taxes Benefits microsimulation
Journal ArticleEditorial - SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing CountriesSOUTHMOD Tax-benefit microsimulation tax-benefit policy
Journal ArticlePolicy Transparency in the Public Sector: The Case of Social Benefits in Tanzania
Part of Journal Special Issue SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing CountriesTransparency Social assistance community targeting
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
Working PaperFinancing the Zambia social cash transfer scale-up: A tax benefit microsimulation analysis based on MicroZAMOD
This paper assesses the effects on poverty and inequality of the alternative targeting approaches that Zambia’s Social Cash Transfer programme could take as its expansion continues during the period of the country’s Seventh National Devel...Economic inequality Poverty Social cash transfers
Working PaperMicrosimulation analysis of the impact of indirect tax benefits on income distribution and poverty alleviation in Tanzania: An application of TAZMOD
This paper analyses the impacts of indirect tax policy reforms on income distribution and poverty in Tanzania by applying a standard static microsimulation model TAZMOD v1.8...Income distribution SOUTHMOD Tax-benefit microsimulation
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