BlogTools for effective tax administration
The importance of conducting high-quality analysis for policy advice cannot be understated. The UNU-WIDER Winter School for tax policy research delivered the right tools for my day-to-day work...Tax administration Tax policy UNU-WIDER Winter School
BlogOpportunities beyond lecture rooms – widening my career perspectives as a UNU-WIDER PhD fellow
It was surreal to take a springtime walk along the harbor in Helsinki on my way to UNU-WIDER’s headquarter offices for the first time. My initial application to the UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship programme had been rejected...UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship Capacity building Capacity development
BlogLives can be improved when policymakers and researchers collaborate
My motivation for doing economics research comes from the wish to see every human being have their basic needs met and enjoy their life. My interest is in public economics...Public economics Tax policy Tax-benefit microsimulation
BlogExperiences from UNU-WIDER Winter School 2022: One of the best global training programmes in tax research
Across Africa, governments are now waking up to the fact that taxation targets or economic development goals will not be met without policies that are based on scientific evidence...Tax policy Public economics UNU-WIDER Winter School
BlogElectoral politics and Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out
Government responsiveness is an integral feature of representative democracy. Its importance could be amplified in times of crisis, especially if citizens cannot rely on market actors for help...COVID-19 COVID-19 policy response COVID-19 vaccine
BlogDigital platforms and job search: Experimental evidence from Mozambique
Digital technologies can be deployed to improve job search, but their effectiveness in practice is disrupted...Informality Job search Unemployment
BlogSales recovered faster from the pandemic than employment: Evidence from tax administrative and survey data in Zambia
Like most other countries, the government of Zambia introduced restrictions to control COVID-19, which considerably curtailed normal economic activity...Competitiveness Debt Finance
BlogState assigned property rights and revenue collection in sub-Saharan Africa
Across sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries there are striking differences in citizen willingness to pay taxes...Fiscal capacity Building State Capabilities State capacity
BlogAre autocratic states doomed to weak fiscal capacity?
How best to increase and mobilize revenue is a key issue that confronts contemporary developing economies, but the same problems were faced —and solved— by today’s developed economies...
BlogFiscal states in developing economies: Why do they matter and where do they come from?
Modern states are complex organizations which perform a broad range of functions. They have an important role in economic and human development...Fiscal capacity State capacity Building State Capabilities
BlogTax revenues and tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa
African countries raise lower amounts of tax as a share of national income (GDP) than other countries. Researchers are interested in understanding why this is the case...Government tax revenue Government revenue domestic resource mobilization
BlogWhat can the GRD do for policymakers?
A few months ago, I was asked to deliver a lecture at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies on the UNU-WIDER Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) ...GRD Domestic revenue mobilization Database
BlogIndonesia, the developer’s dilemma, and Vision 2045
According to the World Bank, Indonesia has reached the upper-middle income status in 2019 after spending almost two decades in the lower-middle income country group...
Research BriefAre women’s labour force participation rates improving in sub-Saharan Africa? July 2022
Several sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries have achieved substantial economic growth in the past 30 years. Likewise, access to education has considerably expanded, as reflected in rising enrolment rates for both men and women...Labour supply Gender Sub-Saharan Africa
There are multiple pathways of structural transformation and different inequality dynamics of each. Rising inequality is not inevitable — policies make a difference...
BlogMetals for the global energy transition: Opportunities and salutary lessons
In a series of high-level UN Roundtables , in which I participated in 2021, experts and stakeholders explored the risks and opportunities presented by the global clean energy transition...Climate change Natural resources Economic development