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Title:Fiscal incidence in Tanzania
Authors:Younger, Stephen D.ISNI
Myamba, Flora
Mdadila, Kenneth
Year:2016
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1467-8268)
Volume:28
Issue:3
Pages:264-276
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:taxation
social security
poverty
inequality
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8268.12204
Abstract:We use methods developed by the Commitment to Equity and data from the 2011/12 Household Budget Survey to assess the effects of government taxation, social spending and indirect subsidies on poverty and inequality in Tanzania. We also simulate several policy reforms to assess their distributional consequences. We find that Tanzania redistributes more than expected given its relatively low income and inequality, largely because both direct and indirect taxes are more progressive than in other countries. Tanzania's nascent conditional cash transfer program has an excellent targeting mechanism. If the program were expanded to a size that is typical for lower-middle income countries, it could reduce poverty significantly. On the other hand, electricity subsidies are regressive despite attempts to make them more pro-poor with a lifeline tariff. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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