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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How can we motivate civil servants to better serve citizens? Asim Khwaja, Adnan Khan, and Tiffany Simon explain the research.

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A high-quality data stream showed promise in answering day-to-day questions for the Excise and Taxation Department in Punjab province, Pakistan.

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Asim Khwaja’s experiments in taxation aim to buttress the legitimacy of government in developing nations.

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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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.

Recent Publications

Singhal, Monica; Luttmer, Erzo (2014)
Journal of Economic Perspectives
Singhal, Monica; Olken, Benjamin (2011)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics