Wilson Prichard - Joint Research Director, International Centre for Tax and Development
(on leave 9/01/2017 - 15/05/2017)
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Dr Wilson Prichard's research focuses on the relationship between taxation and citizen demands for improved governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the Joint Research Director of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD). His previous work has focused on political economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, including foreign investment, the formulation of economic policy and trade liberalization, and he has worked in several countries in Africa.
He previously received degrees from the Institute of Development Studies and Harvard University. Prior to arriving at IDS he worked as a development policy activist in Washington D.C., with a focus on HIV/AIDS and international trade. He is currently also involved in teaching economics.
Languages: English and French (fluent).
The Political Economy of Domestic Tax Reform in Bangladesh: Political Settlements, Informal Institutions and the Negotiation of ReformJournal of Development Studies 52.12 (2016)
This paper explains the persistence of a tax system characterised by low revenue collection and extensive informality in Bangladesh. It combines analysis of long-term formal and informal institutions and of micro-level incentives shaping negotiation of short-term reform. More details
Rebuilding Local Government Finances After Conflict: Lessons from a Property Tax Reform Programme in Post-Conflict Sierra LeoneJournal of Development Studies 52.12 (2016)
This research interrogates the factors underpinning the relative success of a property tax reform programme in Sierra Leone. Recognising the importance of politics in shaping reform outcomes, it highlights reform strategies that have contributed to overcoming both technical and political barriers to reform. More details
Norms, Power and the Socially Embedded Realities of Market Taxation in Northern GhanaICTD Working Paper (2015)
The advance of decentralisation efforts in Africa has brought with it expanded discussion of local government taxation, and the potential for tax reform to spur broader state building and governance gains. More details
Using Local IT Solutions to Improve Local Government Tax ReformIDS Policy Briefing 58 (2014)
Appropriate information technology systems are critical to realising the local government tax reforms that are the focus of growing international attention. More details
Taxing the Informal Economy: Challenges, Possibilities and Remaining QuestionsIDS Working Paper 429 (2013)
Recent years have witnessed significantly increased attention to the challenge of taxing small businesses in the informal sector. However, much of this recent attention has remained focused on comparatively technical issues of revenue maximisation and policy design. More details