Maria Jouste is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER, where she works on topics related to taxation and tax-benefit microsimulation models in Domestic Revenue Mobilization programme. She holds a PhD in Economics from University of Turku.
Her research interest is in development and public economics, focusing on taxation and social protection in developing countries. Her recent research has included the evaluation of tax and administrative reforms using administrative tax data from Uganda and simulating potential social protection reforms in Zambia. She has experience in curating and employing large administrative tax data in collaboration with African revenue authorities.