ICTD Research in Brief 16

Taxation, Property Rights and the Social Contract in Lagos

Published on 31 January 2018

This ICTD Research in Brief is a two-page summary of ICTD Working Paper 73 by Tom Goodfellow and Olly Owen. This series is aimed at policy makers, tax administrators, fellow researchers and anyone else who is big on interest and short on time. Major taxation reforms over the past decade have been interpreted as facilitating the transformation of Lagos from of a city seen as in permanent ‘crisis’ to a beacon of ‘megacity development’. Most attention has focused on Personal Income Taxation (PIT). Less attention has been devoted to another innovation – the property tax or Land Use Charge (LUC). Yet the story of property taxation in Lagos since the early 2000s is important not only in terms of enormous increases in collection, but because of the ways in which it has helped to solidify the ‘fiscal contract’ between state and society.

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Goodfellow, T. and Owen, O (2018) Taxation, Property Rights and the Social Contract in Lagos, ICTD Research in Brief, Brighton: IDS


Olly Owen

Research Coordinator

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