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Giulia Mascagni

IDS Research Fellow and ICTD Research Director

Giulia Mascagni’s main area of work is taxation, but she also has research interest in public finance, evaluation of public policy, and aid effectiveness. She is an economist by training, holding a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. Her main geographical interest lies in African countries, with a particular focus on Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Giulia is currently working at IDS as Research Fellow and as Research Director of the International Centre for Taxation and Development (ICTD). At IDS she teaches economics, taxation and public finance at the postgraduate level and on professional short courses. Previously she worked as Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex, as an independent consultant for ITAD, the World Bank, the Overseas Development Institute, and as Adviser and Trainee at the European Commission.

Giulia has field experience in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Rwanda, amongst others. In Ethiopia she worked as Associate Economic Affaires Officer at the UN Economic Commission for Africa and she was Resident Researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute in Addis Ababa.

In Rwanda, Giulia led a set of large-scale field experiments aiming to understand the determinants of tax compliance.

Languages: Italian (native) and English (fluent) French (advanced)

ICTD Publications

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Research

Centre

International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD)

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) provides research evidence that supports developing countries in raising domestic revenues equitably and sustainably, in a manner that is conducive to pro-poor economic growth and good governance.

Project

Multi-Methods Research Course (MMRC) in Africa

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research has commissioned an innovative, applied, methods course for the region's mid-career faculty engaged in research on governance and social policy.

Publications

Brief

Tax Evasion and Missing Imports: Evidence from Transaction-Level Data

ICTD Research in Brief 48

Tax evasion is typically very hard, if not impossible, to measure. In the case of trade flows however, it is possible to capture it thanks to “missing imports”: the difference between the total value of exports recorded by country A to country B and the total value of imports of country B...

24 October 2019

Working Paper

Tax Evasion and Missing Imports: Evidence From Transaction-Level Data

ICTD Working Paper 101

It is well documented in the literature that developing countries raise less tax revenue as a share of their economy than their developed counterparts. Part of this gap can be explained by the relatively higher tax evasion in the former. Recent literature shows that increasing the availability...

22 October 2019

Giulia Mascagni’s recent work