Tax and benefit policies in developing countries

As governments in low- and middle-income countries increase their expenditure, additional revenues need to be raised in an efficient and equitable way. In order to help with this task, we have a growing research programme on tax and social security system issues.

Our early work involved the development of microsimulation models to analyse the distributional and potential behavioural effects of reforms to taxes in Mexico and El Salvador, and pensions in Chile, making use of large household surveys. IFS researchers have also considered the lessons of the Mirrlees Review for middle-income countries, and examined the design of corporate income taxes in developing countries.

More recently, we have begun working directly with Ministries of Finance and Revenue Authorities to support the analysis of tax policies through the DFID-funded Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV). TAXDEV also supports a number of ongoing research projects, with initial analysis of the role of VAT rate differentiation and the impact of a simplified VAT scheme for small taxpayers in West Bengal published.

Journal Article | Fiscal Studies, Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2014
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External publications
We set out some basic principles for thinking about the key features of a good tax system and sound tax reforms in middle income countries.

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David Phillips

David Phillips

Associate Director

Yani Tyskerud

Yani Tyskerud

Assistant Director

Ross Warwick

Ross Warwick

Research Economist

Laura Abramovsky

Laura Abramovsky

Research Associate

Arun Advani

Arun Advani

Research Fellow

Pierre Bachas

Pierre Bachas

International Research Associate

Michael Best

Michael Best

International Research Fellow

Anne Brockmeyer

Anne Brockmeyer

International Research Fellow

Edgar Cooke

Edgar Cooke

International Research Associate

Richard Disney

Richard Disney

Research Fellow

Lucie Gadenne

Lucie Gadenne

Research Fellow

Anders Jensen

Anders Jensen

International Research Associate

Giulia Mascagni

Giulia Mascagni

Research Associate

Kiflu Gedefe Molla

Kiflu Gedefe Molla

International Research Associate

Joana Naritomi

Joana Naritomi

Research Associate

Daniel Rogger

Daniel Rogger

International Research Fellow