Jon R. Jellema

Jon Jellema’s research interests are assessing the impact of weakly administered tax systems on inequality and poverty in developing countries and the institutional determinants of poverty and economic growth. He has lead CEQ Assessments in Indonesia, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Vietnam, and has participated in fiscal incidence studies in South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Pakistan, and India. He previously worked as a poverty economist and social development specialist for the World Bank assigned to Indonesia. Jon received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Content by Jon R. Jellema
  • Blog post

    Impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Uganda

    President Yoweri Museveni would like Uganda to be a middle-income country by 2020. As the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and Uganda’s own National Development plans, make clear, however, income per capita is only one criterion by which an advanced economy should be judged. Uganda should strive to lift more people out of poverty as well as close the income gap...

    12 Sep 2016 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf, Jon R. Jellema, Nora Lustig

  • Project

    Commitment to equity assessment of Uganda

    Between 2002 and 2012, the poverty rate in Uganda fell by nearly 20 percentage points, but even so nearly 20 percent of the population remained poor in 2012. Real per-capita incomes have nearly doubled over the same period, but inequality has fallen only marginally.  At the same time, public expenditures have fallen (when measured as a percent of GDP) while official...

    1 Sep 2016 | Nora Lustig, Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf, Jon R. Jellema

  • Publication - Project Report

    The impact of taxes, transfers, and subsidies on inequality and poverty in Uganda (Final Report)

    1 Sep 2016 | Jon R. Jellema, Nora Lustig, Sebastian Wolf, Astrid Haas