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22 October - 13 November
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Why and how should developing countries raise more taxes?

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What’s on offer?

A 30-40 minute online talk will be given by Vedanth Nair, Research Economist at IFS, on the challenges that governments in developing countries face when trying to raise taxes. Afterwards, there will be 20 minutes for you to ask your questions on the topic to Vedanth in a Q&A session.

What’s it about?

Governments in many developing countries urgently need to raise funds to invest in education, health and infrastructure. However, they tend to raise far less as a fraction of their GDP in tax revenue than high income countries. Why is this, and what can be done about it?

In this online talk and Q&A, we will discuss why and how taxes need to be designed differently in developing countries faced with high levels of evasion and low state capacity.

Who’s leading the event?

Vedanth Nair, IFS Research Economist, will give the presentation. The event will be chaired by Anne Brockmeyer, Research Director at the IFS and formerly at the World Bank.

Open to

Anyone is welcome to attend

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to those want to know more about the tax systems of developing countries.

Why and how should developing countries raise more taxes?

Video transcript