Taxation & Welfare

Governments cannot pay for quality public services or social protection for the poor unless they have dependable streams of revenue. Can policy innovations fast-track improvements to tax capacity, and strengthen the compact between citizens and the state?

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Governments cannot pay for quality public services or social protection for the poor unless they have dependable streams of revenue. Can policy innovations fast-track improvements to tax capacity, and strengthen the compact between citizens and the state?

Highlights

News, events, and insights from our policy-research engagements on building the capacity of governments to generate revenue.

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The Spring Issue article features interviews with Rema Hanna, Asim I. Khwaja, and Charlotte Tuminelli. 

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There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we shouldn’t hold out hoping to find it.

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The HKS Assistant Professor and EPoD Faculty Affiliate describes his projects with governments in Africa.

Projects

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Can linking tax collection to social services increase public revenue in Pakistan?

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How do incentives impact property tax officials and citizen tax compliance?

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How does an unemployment assistance program impact job searches for program beneficiaries?

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Understanding potential for strengthening consumers’ participation in VAT compliance strategies.

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Examining Zambia’s efforts to collect taxes from a broader base of small businesses and individuals.

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Examining the impact of technology on local tax officials’ behavior, cost of collection, and overall revenue performance.