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Developing countries would benefit from improved tax collection

by Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia, Kunal Sen
The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state. Being able to tax citizens, and collect revenues efficiently, is a cornerstone of state formation and survival. Secondly, greater fiscal capacity implies greater access of the state to resources needed to provide public goods and services. Developing countries are only able to raise a small share of taxes. Typically, they collect between...

Research insights, new friends and meeting Stiglitz

by UNU -WIDER, Shreya Bhattacharya
In the fall of 2018 UNU-WIDER welcomed 11 doctoral students from around the world as part of our PhD Fellowship Programme. The students, from Ghana, India, Malaysia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Kenya, came to UNU-WIDER for three months to work on their research under the guidance of a UNU-WIDER researcher as their mentor. 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. Caste...

Progressive research with amazing people in a beautiful sauna-crazy country

by UNU -WIDER, Pui Yi Wong
In the fall of 2018 UNU-WIDER welcomed 11 doctoral students from around the world as part of our PhD Fellowship Programme. The students, from Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Togo and Kenya, came to UNU-WIDER for three months to work on their research under the guidance of a UNU-WIDER researcher as their mentor. In this blog Pui Yi Wong, a PhD candidate at the University of Malaya, talks about her research and her experience as a PhD Fellow at UNU-WIDER. The traditions of Ikat...

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Developing countries would benefit from improved tax collection: What can help?

The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state...

Tax revenue fiscal capacity Income tax
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Research insights, new friends and meeting Stiglitz: Shreya Bhattacharya - 2018 PhD Fellow

In the fall of 2018 UNU-WIDER welcomed 11 doctoral students from around the world as part of our PhD Fellowship Programme ...

UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship Ethnic inequality Caste
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Progressive research with amazing people in a beautiful sauna-crazy country: Pui Yi Wong - 2018 PhD Fellow

In the fall of 2018 UNU-WIDER welcomed 11 doctoral students from around the world as part of our PhD Fellowship Programme ...

UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship WIDER Seminar Series Culture
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Why are workers getting a smaller share of the cake in Mexico?

As with many other developed and emerging economies, in recent decades Mexico has experienced a long-term decline in the labour income share. In other words, wages have decreased compared with other sources of income such as capital income...

Income inequality Earnings inequality Wages
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Can natural resources jump-start industrialization?

At the end of last year, I filmed a lecture that will be part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on industrialization in Africa...

Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
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Transforming economies, states, and societies – building evidence for achieving the SDGs

I am delighted to take the helm at UNU-WIDER, an institution which has been associated with some of the most advanced thinking in development economics...

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Gas revenues will come and go in Mozambique – now is the time to think how to use them wisely

Mozambique is still an agriculture-based economy. Huge offshore gas fields have been discovered in the country and plans for gas projects are in the process. However, one day the gas explorations will come to an end...

Inclusive growth Extractives Mozambique
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Development programmes, security, and violence reduction: Evidence from an insurgency in India

Implementing development programmes in conflict-affected areas is crucial for conflict as well as poverty reduction. The big question is how do you carry out these programmes successfully?...

Conflict management Development Poverty reduction
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Revenue 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
Policy Brief
Industries without smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa reconsidered December 2018

Our research shows that structural change in Africa is relying on a new set of economic activities, called ‘industries without smokestacks’, created by recent technological changes and a changing global market place...

industry Growth Investment
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Research that matters: A report from the stakeholder workshop - 15 November 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

I found myself in the third-floor conference rooms of a Pretoria hotel for a meeting with economists, researchers, and policymakers involved in the SA-TIED programme ...

Economic inequality Data revolution Tax
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The ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information

The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...

Industrialization Poverty Jobs
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Rethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day

This week I attended the 28 th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all?...

Industrialization structural change Industrial policy
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Developing a microsimulation model for Mozambique – from inception to impact

The tax-benefit microsimulation model developed for Mozambique, MOZMOD, has proved to be valuable in analysing the impacts and budget implications of a new policy proposal in Mozambique...

microsimulation SOUTHMOD
Research Brief
Bust before boom: New gas finds, investments, and their implications in Mozambique November 2018

Large flows of foreign investments have not been translated into a boom for the Mozambican economy. On the contrary, they have foreshadowed a sustained period of deep economic difficulty for the country...

Economic diversification Economic transformation Extractive industries
Research Brief
Extractives and economic diversification in Mozambique: Will local content do the trick? November 2018

Extractives and interlinked industries are expecting a boom in Mozambique. This could be good news for the country’s economy, in theory. But can extractives really work as a driver to diversify the Mozambican economy?...

Natural resource management Extractive industries Economic diversification
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