ICTD Blogs

Commentary and discussion about taxation and development from international experts.
Kyle McNabb is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. He attained his PhD from the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 2016, and has previously worked on research projects at the World Bank and International Centre for Tax and Development. His work is primarily focused around the Government Revenue Dataset; his research interests include data quality, fiscal policy, and the extractives sector.

Updated Government Revenue Dataset provides new insights into developing country tax collection trends

The increasing focus on domestic resource mobilization in developing countries means that, for researchers and policy makers, access to accurate and timely data is more important than ever. The Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) — developed by the International Centre for Tax...
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The ICTD government revenue dataset: still the best option for researchers

In 2010, the ICTD launched efforts to create the ICTD government revenue dataset (GRD), which is increasingly recognized as the best possible source of cross-country revenue data for researchers. An important motivation was concern about the quality and transparency of...
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The 2015 edition of the ICTD Government Revenue Dataset (GRD)

Highlights of the Updated GRD - Contains new government revenue data until 2012 and in many cases, 2013.  - Better coverage – more data from sources means (Better disaggregation, more countries where we can isolate resource revenues and new observations – e.g....
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Role of Tax Structures on Economic Growth: New evidence

The past three decades have seen sweeping changes in the means by which many developing countries collect fiscal revenues. From a heavy reliance on trade taxes in the 1980’s, many low and middle-income countries, with guidance and support from the IMF,...
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ICTD Government Revenue Dataset: Best Bet for Tax Data and Research

  I recently had the privilege of attending the launch of the ICTD Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) in Washington DC. Having had early access to this data for some time now, I feel well placed to shed some light on why...
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