Programme
Programme - Public economics for development

Wednesday 5 July
TIME PLENARY ROOM ROOM 2 ROOM 3 ROOM 4
08:15-09:00 Registration – Main lobby
09:00-11:00 Plenary 1: Welcome and keynote
Opening and chair: 
 Finn Tarp
H.E. Laura Torvinen, Ambassador of Finland to Mozambique
H.E. Adriano Afonso Maleiane, Minister of Economy and Finance of Mozambique (TBC)

Keynote: Thinking about tax administration
Michael Keen
11:00-11:30 Coffee – Cafeteria
11:30-13:00 Parallel 1.1
SOUTHMOD tax-benefit microsimulation special session
Chair: Pia Rattenhuber

Jukka Pirttilä / Pia Rattenhuber
Quantifying the impacts of expanding social protection on efficiency and equity: evidence from a behavioral microsimulation model for Ghana

Gemma Wright / Vincent Leyaro
Policy transparency in the public sector: the case of social benefits in Tanzania mainland

Mauricio Cuesta
Poverty and vulnerability to poverty in Ecuador: a microsimulation estimation

Gemma Wright
Exploring options for delivering and financing a universal child benefit in South Africa
Parallel 1.2
State capacity
Chair: Antonio Cruz

Roel Dom
Semi-autonomous revenue authorities in sub-Saharan Africa: silver bullet or white elephant

Sanjay Jain
Reforming the public sector: state capacity and special interests

Anna Kochanova
Does e-government improve government capacity? Evidence from tax compliance costs and public procurement competitiveness
Parallel 1.3
Social Protection I
Chair: Rachel Gisselquist

Damian Clarke
Growing together: the importance of a large early-life social inclusion program on neonatal health outcomes in Latin America

Kelly Kilburn
Short-term Impacts of an unconditional cash transfer program on child schooling: experimental evidence from Malawi

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
Natural resources, electoral behaviour and social assistance in Latin America
Parallel 1.4
Local public sector and effectiveness
Chair: Sam Jones

Min Hein
Myanmar real estate holding tax: a modest proposal for municipal finance in Myanmar

Maty Konte
How do education resources respond to the quality of local governance? evidence from Africa

Sam Jones
Who benefits from public services? Decomposing inequalities in Mozambique
13:00-14:30 Lunch – Marquee
14:30-15:30 Poster session – Main lobby (location TBC) 
See posters
Chair: Kyle McNabb
15:30-16:00 Coffee – Cafeteria
16:00-17:30 Parallel 2.1
Employment and labour income
Chair: Ricardo Santos

Albrecht Bohne
Learning dynamics in tax bunching at the kink: evidence from Ecuador

Clemente Pignatti
Do public employment services improve employment outcomes? Evidence from Colombia

Dario Tortarolo
The response of salaried workers to the personal income tax: evidence from a regression discontinuity design in Argentina
Parallel 2.2
Political economy
Chair: Jorge Matine

Biniam Bedasso
Remittances and taxation in developing countries

Roberto Ricciuti
How do political institutions affect fiscal capacity? Explaining taxation in developing economies
Parallel 2.3
Social protection II
Chair: Luca Pellerano 

Noemi Pace
Making the right livelihood choice: how do cash transfers help?

Ervin Prifti
Risk-related effects of cash transfers on modern inputs demand

Alma Santillan
The electoral impact of a conditional cash transfer: the case of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades programme
Parallel 2.4
Local government and decentralization
Chair: Manuel Araujo

Pablo Evia
Increased decentralization, basic services, and nutrition: evidence from Bolivia

Tewodaj Mogues
Decentralization without representation (or mobility): implications for rural public service delivery
19:00-21:00 Dinner
The dinner will take place at the VIP Grand Maputo Hotel (Avenida 25 de Setembro, nº 692), which is located 6 km from the conference venue. Transportation for presenters has been pre-arranged; please note that others will need to make their own arrangements. 
Thursday 6 July
TIME PLENARY ROOM ROOM 2 ROOM 3 ROOM 4
09:00-10:30 Parallel 3.1
Using revenue authorities’ administrative data for research purposes – In collaboration with ICTD
Chair: Giulia Mascagni

Giulia Mascagni
African revenue administrations and tax researchers

Elizabeth GavinJukka Pirttilä
UNU-WIDER research programme on using administrative data: lessons learnt and the way forward

Ronald Waiswa
Using revenue administrative data for research: practical experiences and research in the Ugandan context
Parallel 3.2
Labour market and household welfare impacts of cash transfer programmes
Chair: Miguel Niño-Zarazúa

Silvio Daidone
A dose-response function approach for labour supply and cash transfers: the case of Zambia

María Gabriela Palacio
Institutionalising segregation: conditional cash transfers and employment choices

Guido Neidhöfer
The long-lasting effects of a conditional cash transfer on children’s human capital

Carla Canelas
Schooling and labour market impacts of Bolivia’s Bono Juancito Pinto
Parallel 3.3
Nutritional and health outcomes
Chair: Vincenzo Salvucci

Temidayo Apata
Can social assistance programmes stimulate fairness of access to Agricultural Inputs Acquisition and reduce poverty among small-scale farmers in Southwestern, Nigeria?

Andrea Guariso
Reducing child mortality in the last mile: a randomized social entrepreneurship intervention in Uganda

Tara Kaul
Household responses to food subsidies: evidence from India
Parallel 3.4
Inequality and wellbeing
Chair: Carlos Gradín

Ira Neal Gang
Inequality, good governance and endemic corruption

Armand Mboutchouang Kountchou
The impact of oil exploitation on wellbeing in Chad

Carlos Gradín
Occupational gender segregation in post-apartheid South Africa
10:30-11:00 Coffee – Cafeteria
11:00-12:30 Parallel 4.1
Taxation: The data and research agenda
Chair: Tony Addison

Kyle McNabb
Toward closer cohesion of international tax statistics: the ICTD-UNU-WIDER Government Revenue Dataset 2017

Tony Addison / Jörgen Levin
Taxation and development
Parallel 4.2
Commitment to equity (Distributional Impact of Fiscal Policies in Africa) – In collaboration with the World Bank
Chair: Tomomi Tanaka

Alejandro De La Fuente
Impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Zambia

Tomomi Tanaka
Income tax policy, non-compliance, and its redistributive effects in Ghana

Ryoko Sato
The impacts of external funding for district governments on tax collection and public goods provision in Ghana

Sandra Martinez
The distributional impact of taxes and social spending in Senegal
Parallel 4.3
Taxation of firms
Chair: Horácio Simão

Xiaoguan Chen
Taxation like predation: the case in China

Giulia Mascagni
One size does not fit all: a field experiment on the drivers of tax compliance and delivery methods in Rwanda
Parallel 4.4
Experimental approaches
Chair: Faizal Carsane

Karine Marazyan
Income hiding and informal redistribution: a lab-in-the-field experiment in Senegal

Karim Khan
Moral hazard, monitoring and punishment: evidence from a field experiment

Arne Wiig
How do voters respond to information on self‐serving elite behaviour? Evidence from a randomized survey experiment in Tanzania
12:30-14:00 Lunch – Marquee
14:00-15:30 Parallel 5.1
Multinationals
Chair: Michael Keen

Pamina Koenig
The geography of NGO activism against multinational corporations

Miroslav Palanský
Estimating the scale of corporate profit shifting: tax revenue losses related to foreign direct investment

Ludvig Wier
Tax motivated transfer price manipulation in South Africa
Parallel 5.2
Informality and taxation
Chair: Jörgen Levin

Pierre Nguimkeu
An estimated model of informality and entrepreneurship

Rudi Rocha de Castro
Do lower taxes reduce informality? Evidence from Brazil

Bassirou Sarr
Value-added tax remittance responsibility, firm compliance, and production decisions
Parallel 5.3
Social protection III
Chair: Novella Maugeri

Silvio Daidone
Does ‘soft conditionality’ increase the impact of cash transfers on desired outcomes? Evidence from a randomized control trial in Lesotho

Richard De Groot
Overview of transfer project research in sub-Saharan Africa and highlights from ‘From Evidence to Action’

Caroline Tassot
Can investments in social protection contribute to subjective wellbeing? A cross-country analysis
Parallel 5.4
Transfers
Chair: Gemma Wright

Marina Dodlova
The politics of social fund allocation: evidence from Kenya

Abel Fumey
Intergovernmental fiscal transfers and tactical political maneuverings: evidence from Ghana’s district assemblies common fund

Anubhab Gupta
Heterogeneous spillovers from SCTs: evidence from Lesotho
15:30-16:00 Coffee – Cafeteria
16:00-17:30 Plenary 2: Keynote and closing 
Chair: Jukka Pirttilä

Keynote: 'How to spend it': Financing Africa’s infrastructure gap
John Page

Final remarks 
Finn Tarp
Side event: Friday 7 July
Seminar: Tax and development: what can we learn from the Finnish experience? 
The seminar is organized as part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence.
The seminar will be simultaneously translated to/from Portuguese.
More about the event and programme on the seminar page

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