CeMPA, Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis, organized its yearly general meeting for experts working in the area of tax-benefit microsimulation on 12 May 2021. The meeting was held virtually. SOUTHMOD microsimulation models and ongoing comparative work using the models were introduced in the meeting.
The objective of the event was to share information on ongoing work, and to meet with colleagues working in the same field. One of the presentations held was by UNU-WIDER Research Fellow Pia Rattenhuber, introducing SOUTHMOD microsimulation models and the current research work around them.
Another presentation on tax-benefit systems, informal employment and inequality in Latin America was given by Xavier Jara, who is a member of the SOUTHMOD national team working with the tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ecuador (ECUAMOD).
The participants of the event included researchers and technical analysts based at universities, research centres, think tanks and international organizations.
The presentations were part of the UNU-WIDER project SOUTHMOD - simulating tax and benefit policies for development. Tax-benefit microsimulation models provide knowledge for better policy-making and inclusive development. With the models the effects of different policy scenarios on poverty, inequality, and government revenues can be analysed and compared.