Parallel session
Tax and benefit policies

In the SOUTHMOD project microsimulation models for various developing countries are being built and maintained by national teams in the respective countries together with leading researchers in the field, coordinated by UNU-WIDER. As developing countries build up their social protection systems, the financing of public spending will need to increasingly rely on domestic tax revenues. These models therefore come just at the right time. This session will discuss the latest advances in model development, a country case study on social protection and how to take the models to the next level. In a cross-country comparative analysis, the distributional impact of tax and benefit systems in African countries are assessed, while the challenge of improving the quality of income data are discussed in African countries. The implications of swapping the Ecuadorian and the Colombian tax-benefit system are assessed and a case study for Zambia analyzes potential social protection reforms and financing options.

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Parallel 2.4 | Tax and benefit policies

Michael Noble | Gemma Wright | Xavier Jara | Remmy Kampamba | Guillermo Cruces

Pia Rattenhuber | Chair | Presentation

Pia Rattenhuber is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. She has previously worked for OECD (Department of Labour and Social Affairs), the German Ministry of Economics and the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin).  Her work focuses on social protection systems, taxation and tax-benefit microsimulation models.

Michael Noble | Presenter | Presentation

Michael Noble CBE is Executive Director of SASPRI. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford in the UK, Visiting Professor at Rhodes University in South Africa and Honorary Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. His main research interests are in poverty, deprivation, inequality and social security policy particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. He specialises in quantitative research methods and is committed to evidence-informed policy making.

Gemma Wright | Presenter | Presentation

Gemma Wright is Research Director of the Southern African Social Policy Research Institute (SASPRI). Her research interests include the definition and measurement of poverty, child poverty, small area level analysis of deprivation, and social security policy including tax and benefit microsimulation. Professor Wright is also a Professor Extraordinarius at the Archie Mafeje Research Institute at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University (RSA). 

Xavier Jara | Presenter | Presentation

H. Xavier Jara currently works as Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex. His research interests include labour and public economics, microsimulation of tax-benefit policies and subjective well-being measurement. Dr Jara is part of the core team overseeing the maintenance and development of the EUROMOD tax-benefit microsimulation model.

Remmy Kampamba | Presenter | Presentation

Remmy Kampamba is an Assistant Director in Economic Management Department in the Ministry of Finance in Zambia. His current research interests among others revolve around macro and micro modelling of social protection programmes. Specifically, looking at effects of social protection reform options on the fiscal position of Government, poverty, household consumption and aggregate demand.

Guillermo Cruces | Discussant | Presentation

Guillermo Cruces is an advisor on development at the Treasury Ministry in Argentina, and former Under-Secretary of Development. He is on leave as the deputy director of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at the UNLP. Dr Cruces has published in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Public Economics and has recently published the book Growth, Employment and Poverty in Latin America.

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