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Social protection, taxation and inequality

Time (GMT +01) 13:30 17:15


​Welcome: Claire Melamed, Director of Growth, Poverty and Inequality, ODI

Session 1 - The distributional impact of taxes and transfers

Chair: Simon Whitfield, DFID

Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Tulane University

Laura Abramovsky, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Francesca Bastagli, Head of Programme, Social Protection, ODI



Session 2 - Taxation and social protection financing

Chair: Anna McCord, Research Associate, ODI

Ehtisham Ahmad, Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE

Fabio Durán-Valverde, Senior Social Protection Economist, ILO

Armando Barrientos, Professor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, Manchester University



Social protection and tax policy are commonly examined separately, yet they are strongly linked. Tax revenue levels and ‘mix’ matter to the resources available for social protection financing and their sustainability over time. They also matter to the net incidence and distributional impact of fiscal policy. If poverty and inequality reduction are central public policy concerns, then a more careful consideration of taxes and transfers and the ways in which they operate jointly is warranted.

This event brings together social policy and tax experts to discuss new work on the poverty and inequality impact of taxes and transfers in developing countries and the implications of recent trends in tax policy for social protection financing. It is organised in two sessions. Session 1 will discuss the evidence on the distributional impact of taxes and transfers and related methodological and data requirements, with a focus on the issues that are specific to carrying out distributional analysis in developing country contexts. Session 2 will include a discussion of recent trends in tax revenue and their implications for social protection financing.

Lunch will be provided from 13:00 - 13:30

This event is part of project on social protection and tax funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

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