2016•10•19 Dar es Salaam
How can low-income countries like Tanzania use microsimulation modelling to help ensure that economic growth is broad and inclusive? Policymakers, officials, and researchers tackled this question and related issues at a workshop on tax and benefit microsimulation modelling held on 28 July 2016, in Dar es Salaam.
The event — co-organised by the the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Department of Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam, and South African Social Policy Research Institute (SASPRI) — is part of ongoing efforts to build Tanzania’s own microsimulation model (TAZMOD). Microsimulation modelling, widely used in developed countries, is an important tool for researchers and policymakers in simulating the impacts of potential reforms in tax and benefits policies on the distribution of income and government expenditure.
The workshop provided a forum for policymakers and government officials to discuss ways to develop the country-specific tax-benefit microsimulation model, as well as how it can be used on an everyday basis for the government’s planning and assessment of new tax and benefit arrangements. The diverse group of participants included Joseph Kiraiya (Prime Minister’s Office), Godbertha Kiyondo (Mzumbe University), and Gemma Wright (SASPRI).
The group saw significant potential in TAZMOD, especially in light of current efforts by the Tanzanian government to translate economic growth into poverty reduction and increased personal well-being. Jehovanes Aikael, Head of the Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam, expressed appreciation for both the support and initiatives taken by UNU-WIDER and SASPRI to help create a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Tanzania.
As a result of the event, attention is being paid to further engaging government officials in the project, especially those dealing with policy.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-WIDER website.