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).
Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers' Experiences and PerceptionsICTD Working Paper 66 (2017)
In low-income and post-conflict countries, and particularly in rural areas, citizens often pay a range of 'taxes' that differ substantially from statutory policies. These 'informal taxes', paid to a variety of state and non-state actors, are frequently overlooked in analyses of local systems of taxation. This is problematic as it leads to misunderstandings of individual and household tax burdens, as well as of systems of local governance. 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
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
What Have We Learned About Informal Taxation in sub-Saharan Africa?ICTD Summary Brief 2 (2016)
This ICTD Summary Brief looks at what has been learned about informal taxation in sub-Saharan Africa during the Centre's first five-year funding period, ending Spring 2016. More details
What Have We Learned About Taxation, Statebuilding and Accountability?ICTD Summary Brief 4 (2016)
This ICTD Summary Brief looks at what has been learned about taxation, state-building and accountability during the Centre's first five-year funding period, ending Spring 2016. More details