Launch of MicroZAMOD - a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Zambia

This event will introduce policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to MicroZAMOD, a new tax-benefit microsimulation programme which has been developed under the UNU-WIDER SOUTHMOD project, in collaboration with Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research and Southern African Social Policy Research (SASPRI).

Tax-benefit microsimulation models — which combine representative household-level data on incomes and expenditures and detailed coding of tax and benefit legislation — have proven to be an extremely useful tool for policy makers and researchers alike. The models apply user-defined tax and benefit policy rules to micro-data on individuals and households and calculate the effects of these rules on household income. The effects of different policy scenarios on poverty, inequality, and government revenues can be analysed and compared.

Zambia, like other developing countries, is now building up its social protection system and the financing of public spending will need to be increasingly based on domestic tax revenues. In this process, understanding the system-wide impacts of different policy choices is critically important, and tax-benefit microsimulation models are very well suited for this purpose.

The event is organized in collaboration with ILO Zambia.

Photo: Joe Miserendino SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development

Theme: Inclusion

Taxation Social protection Income distribution
Policy workshop
Training on MicroZAMOD – a tax-benefit microsimulation for Zambia

The purpose of this event is to introduce participants to MicroZAMOD, with a view to promoting its use within government for evidence-based policy-making. Training is directed to potential users of the model. As well as providing an overview of the...

21 November 201723 November 2017
Lusaka, Zambia
Past event