Redistributive policy

UNU-WIDER Winter School 2022 on Tax Policy Research for African Scholars (Funded to Cape Town, South Africa)

Application deadline: March 18, 2022

UNU-WIDER launches Winter School on Tax Policy Research. The objective of the course is to provide African scholars with an understanding of the theories, methods, and data availability to conduct high-quality analysis on taxation and development economics. The course will take place in two parts during the period from May 31 to July 16, 2022.

The first part of the course is a 3-day online statistics and statistics bootcamp to be held from May 31 to June 2, 2022. The second part is a week-long in-person course, co-hosted with the Stellenbosch University Department of Economics in Cape Town, South Africa, July 11-16, 2022.

The winter school is part of the UNU-WIDER program on domestic revenue mobilization (GDN). It is organized by the Building effective and fair tax systems – lessons from administrative tax data project.

The winter school will provide participants with a toolkit in applied public economics with a particular focus on the quantitative analysis of taxation and public economics in developing countries. The first part will provide participants with a basic understanding of using Stata for data analysis and an understanding of statistical concepts in economics. During the second part of the winter school, participants will attend lectures by leading experts from the UNU-WIDER global network and work intensively in the computer lab to strengthen their quantitative research skills.

Beyond providing a methodological toolkit using practical examples, one of the main objectives of this course is to make participants aware of the key factors that make up policy-relevant research. This may include the spirit of innovation and the ability to make causal statements.

Topics that will be covered during the course include:
1) Taxation and development: a developing country perspective
2) Tax incidence and excess burden: theory and empirical
3) Tax evasion and law enforcement
4) Optimal taxation and redistribution
5) International taxation

Selection criteria
  • The candidate should be a researcher or analyst who has demonstrated ability and interest in conducting policy-oriented research on African economies.
  • Applicants should be fluent in oral and written English and have good quantitative analytical skills.
  • The application is open to researchers from ministries, tax authorities, other government agencies, universities and research institutes in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applications from suitably qualified early career female researchers are particularly encouraged.
  • Course certificates will be issued to participants who attend at least 80% of the lectures and practical sessions of both parts of the course.
Financial aid
  • UNU-WIDER will provide successful applicants with a travel grant to cover travel costs to and from the home institution, accommodation and most meals during the stay in Cape Town.
  • Backoffice support will also be available to obtain an entry visa to South Africa.
Application procedure

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the UNU-WIDER Winter School. The deadline for submitting applications is March 18, 2022 at 23:59 UTC+2 via this link.

Please note that the following documents are required when submitting your application:

  • resume
  • A cover letter
  • A one-page Stata code example originally written
  • Letter of recommendation. This document must be delivered by its signatory to [email protected] before March 18, 2022 and you must provide their name in the application

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to take a short test on their quantitative skills (Stata coding, interpretation of regression results, etc.). This will take place online.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNU-WIDER Winter School 2022