SOUTHMOD

SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development

In collaboration with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the EUROMOD team at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, SASPRI is engaged in a programme of work to develop tax-benefit microsimulation models for a number of countries in the Global South. These models, collectively referred to as SOUTHMOD, have been constructed using the EUROMOD platform developed by ISER and the work is being undertaken jointly with local partners in the countries concerned. SASPRI’s contribution to the work programme builds on previous work using the EUROMOD platform to develop similar models for South Africa (SAMOD) and Namibia (NAMOD). 

Initially SASPRI undertook a scoping study to explore the potential of using the EUROMOD platform to develop microsimulation models in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC). Following on from the scoping study SASPRI has prepared feasibility studies in Mozambique (SADC), Tanzania (EAC and SADC) and Zambia (SADC) with country partners. The feasibility studies have been published as UNU-WIDER working papers and can be downloaded from the SOUTHMOD page on UNU-WIDER’s website.

MOZMOD – In Mozambique SASPRI Is working with Dr Antonio Cruz and two members of the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Mozambique – Vanda Castelo and Finorio Castigo. The microsimulation model MOZMOD has been constructed and the formal launch followed by a training event for civil servants is planned for later in 2017. The work programme for 2017 includes both refinements to the model and updating the underpinning microdata. Training events and activities to disseminate the model are also supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

TAZMOD – In Tanzania SASPRI is working with Dr Vincent Leyaro and Dr Elineema Kisanga in the Department of Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam. The microsimulation model TAZMOD has been constructed and the formal launch followed by a training event for civil servants is planned for June 2017. Further enhancements and updating of the model is also planned.

MicroZAMOD – In Zambia SASPRI works with Dr. Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso and Shebo Nalishebo at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR). The microsimulation model MicroZAMOD has been constructed and a launch  and training event planned for May 2017. The work programme for 2017 also includes refinements to the model and updating of the underpinning microdata. Training events and activities to disseminate the model are also supported by the ILO.