Energy subsidies are bigger than aid in more than half of poor countries … but we spend very little trying to reduce them
BlogTax, spending, and poverty: An interview with Michael Keen
Michael Keen, Deputy Director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s WIDER Development Conference on Public Economics for Development ...
BlogLower exploration spending – another response to the end of the commodity price boom
My previous blog, which you can read here , commented on the manner in which mining companies had been able to respond to the recent decline in metals prices by significantly reducing their costs of production...Commodity boom Mining Extractives
BlogCost reductions as a response to the end of the commodity price boom
The recent publication of the 3rd edition of ICMM’s The Role of Mining in National Economies (hereafter RoMiNE3) provides us with the welcome biennial review of the global situation as it affects the large mining and metals industry...Commodity boom Mining Extractives
BlogHow are rural households in Viet Nam doing?
Viet Nam has seen major economic shifts which started in the 1980s and continue today. Many strides have been made as the country goes through structural transformation, not least a significant reduction in poverty...
The quality and availability of data has become an international priority highlighted by the call for a data revolution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...Growth Structural transformation Rural development
Climate change is one of the most complex and urgent of global issues due to its potential impacts and the policies and measures needed to address those impacts...Climate change extractives industry Natural resources
Prior to the discovery of oil, Ghana was one of the stars of the ‘Africa rising’ story, with an established track record of macroeconomic stability and fiscal discipline...Oil Ghana extractives industry
BlogMicrosimulation models for developing countries: An interview with Jukka Pirttilä
The University of Tampere is participating in an international project in which a microsimulation model is being drafted for the evaluation of the price effects of taxation and the transfer of income in developing countries...Tax microsimulation Public finance
BlogOpening the vault: Data, research, and improved policymaking in South Africa
Policymakers often work in the dark, as they try to make real impact on people’s lives. If you don’t have good data, being worked on by good researchers, it can be hard to know whether efforts are truly making a difference...Tax data firms
BlogFeeding southern Africa?: Growing the animal-feed-to-poultry regional value chain
In 2016 the South African poultry sector faced intense pressure from two sides in the form of much higher input costs and increased imports of low-priced chicken from the European Union and the USA...Regional value chains Competitiveness
BlogEstimating tax avoidance: New findings, new questions
There are now a range of estimates of the global scale of tax avoidance. These include: the $600 billion annual tax loss estimated by IMF researchers Crivelli et al...tax avoidance Tax Multinational firms
BlogAffirmative action policies and South Africa’s racial wage gap
Racial wage inequality and discrimination have pervaded South African society for centuries. Apartheid legislation cemented these disparities by institutionalizing white job reservation and many other unfair practices...Affirmative action Discrimination apartheid
BlogEmploying young people in South Africa: What role has the Employment Tax Incentive played?
South Africa has some of the highest rates of joblessness in the world and youth unemployment is particularly severe. Roughly two in five young South Africans who want work cannot find it, according to labour force surveys...youth unemployment tax incentive South Africa
BlogWDR 2017 does not disappoint: Four implications for work in development
As a political scientist specializing in the comparative politics of development, including particular attention to issues of governance and democracy, I have followed this year’s World Development Report with special interest...World Development Report Good governance Group-based inequality
BlogFour graphs you need to see on International Women's Day
International women's day presents a good opportunity to consider how far we've come towards achieving gender equality, and to recognize how far we still have to go...