State Capacity

Building State Capacity in Developing Countries

Building State Capacity in Developing Countries

July 16, 2015

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

From tax collection to redistribution policies, there are many fiscal challenges facing developing countries. Associate Professor Monica Singhal focuses much of her writing and research on these challenges.  Her current research agenda focuses on state capacity in developing countries – understanding the constraints these countries face when attempting to raise revenue and what types of policies may be effective (or not) in improving state fiscal capacity.

Tax Compliance and Social Acclaim

Tax Compliance and Social Acclaim

September 15, 2014

By Mushfiq Mobarak - Livemint

There is significant potential for improving revenue collection through social recognition programmes.

High rates of economic growth, in-migration and urbanization have stressed the ageing infrastructure of Bangladesh. Firm production is regularly disrupted by power outages, and Dhaka, the epicentre of economic activity, is rated as one of the most unlivable cities in the world.

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

July 24, 2014

By Shankar Vedantam - NPR

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And we are approaching the end of Ramadan, the holy month where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. The fact that hundreds of millions of people around the world go without food all day has drawn the attention of another group of people - social scientists. To learn what they discovered, our David Greene sat down with NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam. DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: OK, Shankar, so explain to us exactly what social scientists were studying here.

Rural Development Ministry to Launch MNREGA Dashboard

Rural Development Ministry to Launch MNREGA Dashboard

January 28, 2014

By Pratap Vikram Singh - Governance Now
Public accessibility to visualization tools, developed by Harvard University, will ultimately increase pressure on implementers to improve outcomes. A small team from the Harvard University is helping the ministry of rural development and panchayati raj to analyze the terabytes of data related to Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee Act (MNREGA) and create dashboard which would present the information in a simple and visual format for better monitoring and implementation.

Credit Score, by Multiple Choice

Credit Score, by Multiple Choice

December 30, 2013

By Sarah Wheaton - The New York Times
No credit? No problem — just take a test. DJ DiDonna, the chief operating officer of the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, was recruited from Harvard Business School. That’s the message being delivered to more than 70,000 small-business owners in developing countries where credit ratings are rare and many potential entrepreneurs keep their money in cash rather than bank accounts.

See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags

See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags

December 6, 2013

By Michael Greenstone - The New York Times
WHAT do Enron and the corporate-accounting scandals of the early 2000s have in common with the subprime-mortgage crisis and the Great Recession? In both cases, the delivery of accurate information to the broader economy was compromised because auditors were hired and paid by the firms they audited. Auditors face a conflict of interest between reporting the truth and running their businesses successfully. Our economy and many markets throughout the world remain vulnerable to this conflict. But it does not have to be this way.