Posts tagged as: Tax collection

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    Collecting tax revenue in Uganda: The carrot and stick story

    Text messages focused on enforcement and information are most effective at collecting tax revenue, while encouragement affects the average taxpayer only with visible benefits. We collaborated with the Ugandan Revenue Authority to test whether and what types of text message reminders help raise government revenue. Specifically, we used an experiment to test how effective...

    19 Jan 2022 | Isabelle Cohen, Nicholas Musoke

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    Mobilising local leaders to rebuild the social compact

    The social compact between citizen and state, whereby a citizen pays taxes and receives public goods and services, is a critical link in political accountability and the development process. This link is especially salient in the context of local governments and a significant metric on which they are judged. In many developing countries, however, this link is broken. In...

    17 Jan 2020 | Asim Khwaja, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

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    Identity, norms and narratives and state bureaucracy

    The process of building state effectiveness and legitimacy is lengthy and far more complex in transitional societies and contexts of fragility. A lack of legitimacy makes it more difficult to build key public organisations (e.g. taxation authorities, police, and judiciary). Public services are crucial for societies to reduce poverty, build resilience to shocks, and prevent...

    22 Oct 2019 |