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Mick Moore - Professorial Fellow

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Professor Mick Moore is a political economist. He has done extensive field research in Asia and Africa, especially Sri Lanka, Taiwan and India. He has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His broad research interests are in the domestic and international dimensions of good and bad governance in poor countries. He focuses specifically on taxation and governance, and is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD).

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The aim of this cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation is to strengthen their Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network's understanding, learning, and policy engagement in decentralised and democratic local governance.

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The next World Social Science Report due to be published in 2016 will focus on the critical contemporary issues of inequalities and justice.

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The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

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The Political Economy of Long-Term Revenue Decline in Sri Lanka

ICTD Working Paper 65 (2017)

From the 1950s to the 1980s, Sri Lankan governments collected a high proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in taxes. They spent most of that money on mass provision of health and education services, and subsidised food. Sri Lanka was a model welfare state, with unusually high human development indicators. Contemporary Sri Lankan governments spend very little on their poor citizens. More details

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Les avantages de l’impot foncier pour l'Afrique

Africa Research Institute: Counterpoints (2016)

Sur le plan du développement, on néglige souvent les effets bénéfiques de l'imposition même pour des sommes modiques. Pour financer leurs budgets, les gouvernements en Afrique s'appuient depuis longtemps sur des revenus tirés des ressources naturelles ou bien sur des aides extérieures. Depuis la crise financière mondiale de 2008, on parle plus de la contribution potentielle que pourrait fournir une amélioration dans la mobilisation des ressources intérieures. Néanmoins, les donateurs internationaux oublient souvent le rôle primordial de la négociation des impôts dans la construction d'états efficaces, responsables, et réactifs, partout dans le monde développé. L'imposition n'est jamais chose appréciée par les contribuables : mais, dans le long terme, ce n'est qu'en payant les impôts que les citoyens auront un gouvernement consensuel et représentatif. More details

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What Have We Learned About Mining Taxation in Africa?

ICTD Summary Brief 1 (2016)

This ICTD Summary Brief is one of six special research synthesis pieces produced at the end of the ICTD's first five-year funding period in Spring 2016. More details

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Revenue-Maximising or Revenue-Sacrificing Government? Property Tax in Pakistan

The Journal of Development Studies (2016)

This paper details the case of property tax collection in Pakistan, and concludes that governments tend to maximise rule before they maximise revenue. More details


Inequality: Trends, Harms and New Agendas

IDS Evidence Report 144 (2015)

The notion that inequality matters has spread and gained currency over the last years. After decades of neglect, inequality is finally ‘in from the cold’ (Atkinson 1997), and firmly at the centre of research and policy agendas. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Governance; Public Policy; State Capacity; Politics and Power; Reducing Inequalities; Taxation.

Related Programmes and Centres:
International Centre for Taxation and Development (ICTD); Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation.