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Working Paper
Welfare and redistributive effects of social assistance in the Global South

This paper presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration, which has interlinked with, and partly reflects the complex demographic and epidemiological transi...

Social assistance Social protection Poverty
Book Chapter
The State and Development

From the book: Asian Transformations

State Democracy Redistribution
Working Paper
In praise of snapshots

The conventional justification for moving from income distribution to intergenerational mobility analysis is that the movie encompasses the snapshot and is normatively superior as the basis for assessing policy...

income mobility snapshots Redistribution
Research Brief
Balancing tax collection and equality: The case of value-added tax in South Africa

In a democratic system, taxation is a critical part of the social contract between the state and its citizens. The tax system can be used to help address the unacceptably high levels of poverty, inequality, and unemployment in South Africa...

value-added tax microsimulation Redistribution
Research Brief
The missing billionaires: Correcting the data on top incomes in China Top incomes Income inequality Taxation
Working Paper
Modelling value-added tax (VAT) in South Africa: Assessing the distributional impact of the recent increase in the VAT rate and options for redress through the benefits system

Using SAMOD, a tax-benefit microsimulation model for South Africa, this paper examines the joint distributional impact of the increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate and increases in benefit amounts in 2018...

value-added tax microsimulation Redistribution
Working Paper
Fiscal redistribution in Brazil: Dynamic microsimulation, 2003–15

This paper assesses causes and consequences of fiscal redistribution in Brazil...

Redistribution Fiscal redistribution Income inequality
Working Paper
The state and development

Using a comparative frame that draws on the variation of developmental trajectories in Asia from Northeast Asia to China to Southeast Asia and to India, this paper explores the changing role of the state in these countries and the contributions that ...

State Democracy Redistribution
Journal Article
Taxation and Inequality in Developing Countries: Lessons from the Recent Experience of Latin America

Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development

tax policy Inequality Redistribution
Journal Article
Optimal taxation and public provision for poverty reduction

The existing literature on optimal taxation typically assumes there exists a capacity to implement complex tax schemes, which is not necessarily the case for many developing countries...

Income tax Poverty Public goods
Working Paper
Worker retraining and transfer payments: The political economy of social protection

We conduct an incentive-theoretical analysis of political economy considerations in the design of social protection programmes in developing countries to accompany economic reforms...

Political economy Social protection Transfer payments
Working Paper
Regime type, inequality, and redistributive transfers in developing countries

The debate on whether democracy and inequality increase the level of redistribution is ongoing. We construct a model that predicts higher probability of redistribution in democracies than autocracies through social transfers...

regime type Redistribution Inequality
Working Paper
National Care System in Uruguay: Who benefits and who pays?

In this paper, we analyse two specific policies that make up the National Care System, a social policy being implemented in Uruguay...

Childcare Elderly care Redistribution
Working Paper
Redistribution around the world: Causes and consequences

This paper re-examines the determinants and consequences of redistribution in light of improved data and methods relative to earlier literature...

Cross-country analysis Growth Inequality
Working Paper
The political economy of ‘linked’ progressive taxation in Africa and Latin America

One key element in the reduction of poverty and (in Latin America) inequality has been the achievement of greater fiscal equity; we analyse one key part of this process, which is the earmarking of portions of tax revenue to be spent on progressive pu...

Taxation Public expenditure Political econom
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