BlogBootcamp for better tax policies in Africa
‘I intend to see a world in which tax policy research is based on evidence, and policy decisions are data-driven.’ This is an aspiration expressed by a participant of the WIDER Winter School 2022 ...Tax compliance Capacity building Data
BlogDecent work – discussion on working conditions in Helsinki and globally
How committed is Helsinki to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals? The discussion forum at the City Hall on Tuesday addressed one of the goals, namely decent work and economic growth...Informal economy Decent Work SDG8
BlogConfronting low domestic savings in Africa
What are the linkages between national savings and sustainable economic growth? Why are there differences in the amounts of savings between different countries?...Informal work Developing countries Domestic savings
Governments in low- and middle-income countries face a trade-off between raising tax revenue to strengthen social protection and creating incentives to enter formal employment...Informal work Child labour Tax revenue
BlogPutting it all together: Highlights from The puzzle of peace
‘Understanding how to sustain peace means understanding conflict itself...
BlogUkraine: War, energy, and net zero
Just over seven months ago the United Nations convened its 26th Climate Change Conference (COP-26) in Glasgow, with the world nervously emerging from the pandemic...Ukraine Climate change Extractives
BlogSolving the puzzle of peace: Overcoming the curse of Finland
At The puzzle of peace conference in Helsinki, Adnan Khan, Chief Economist at the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, lamented what he called the ‘Curse of Finland’...
BlogCan access to finance spur entrepreneurship in Indian informal sector?
Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship...India Informality Entrepreneurship
This brief provides concrete proposals on how Zambia's government could create a robust fiscal regime to achieve a steady flow of mineral revenue and encourage increased local participation in mining — while ensuring environmental sustainab...Tanzania Mineral tax Mineral industries
BlogBehind the scenes: Meet our tax-benefit microsimulation team in Viet Nam!
How can Vietnamese policymakers improve their policy choices related to social protection and tax policies? Who are the experts providing evidence on different policy scenarios and their pros and cons to local decision makers?...Tax-benefit microsimulation Microsimulation Imputation
BlogSeeking asylum from nowhere— how origin shapes the context of reception
Afghanistan is the world’s newest nowhere , a predicament that will shape the evacuation and resettlement prospects for millions of people for the foreseeable future. What does it mean to call Afghanistan a ‘nowhere’?...Refugees Forced migration Global Governance and Conflict
BlogDo elites capture foreign aid?
Does foreign aid end up in the pockets of elites instead of contributing to inclusive economic development?...Corruption Foreign aid Wealth inequality
BlogCould the war in Ukraine encourage Western leaders to finally deal with shadow finance?
' I say to the Russian oligarchs and the corrupt leaders who bilked billions of dollars off this violent regime: no more… We are coming for your ill-begotten gains.' – Joe Biden at the 1 March 2022, State of the Union Address One...Corruption
BlogFrom offshore oil to offshore finance: How tax havens facilitate corruption in the extractive industries
In many countries, news of an oil discovery or the award of an exploration license is rarely greeted with enthusiasm by the general public...Energy Corruption Tax avoidance
BlogThe war in Ukraine: Civilian vulnerability, resilience, and resistance
The current and future civilian impacts of the war in Ukraine are immense...