National economic policies, tax and financial system for development

Ferdi has significant expertise on tax policy, customs policy and financial development.

One of the main findings and recommendations of the Third United Nations International Conference on development finance in Addis Ababa (July 2015) was on the need to mobilise and make efficient use of domestic resources. Ferdi has significant expertise on these issues, in particular in relation to tax policy, customs policy and financial development.

Tax and customs policy and administration

The relationship between tax and customs policies, their decentralisation and their fundamental role in the process of regional integration lie at the heart of Ferdi’s studies and activities. Ferdi's research focuses on :

  • A new measure of tax effort and the availability of a database on tax revenues
  • Evaluating tax expenditure
  • Taxation and regional integration
  • Measuring the performance of tax and customs authorities
  • Mining taxation : Ferdi, in partnership with the ICTD, is conducting a study on the distribution of mining rents between investors and states. Ferdi is developing a database of tax and legal information, applied to the gold-mining sector in 14 African countries.
Financial volatility, macroprudential regulation and economic growth in low-income countries

This project, carried out in conjunction with the University of Manchester, the joint research unit DIAL (Development, Institutions and Globalization) and Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis (Senegal), studies the relationship between volatility, growth, aid and poverty. The research contributes to the existing analytical literature on the relationship between financial volatility and economic growth, and how the macroprudential regulation measures set out in the Basel III Agreements (particularly those considered appropriate to the institutional context of developing countries, for example liquidity requirements and leverage ratios) can help mitigate the effects of financial volatility on growth. It is also intended to provide fresh evidence on the impact of financial volatility and its determining factors (both domestic and external) on economic growth, paying particular attention to low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Continue reading

Banking sector, financial structures and development

Promoting pro-poor financial development

In particular, the domestic public resources released must allow local and national authorities to mobilise private domestic resources to fund sustainable long-term development. The first condition is to ensure price stability based on good macroeconomic policies. A second priority for countries with the lowest availability of banking services,  is access to a high-performance, innovative payment system and securing savings. Continue reading

A new Chinese development model ?

China, in the wake of the global recession which saw its exports fall and the pace of its economic growth slow, has set about a re-appraising its development model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does External Financing drive Growth?

Jean-Louis COMBES, Aminata HAIDARA, Tidiane KINDA, Rasmané OUEDRAOGO, Patrick PLANE, Ousmane SAMBA MAMADOU B151,

Evidence for the growth impact of capital inflows remains open to question. Capital inflows can directly support economic growth by relaxing constraints...

Product Relatedness and Firm Exports in China

Sandra PONCET, Felipe STAROSTA DE WALDEMAR

We propose the first evaluation using micro-level data of the gains from the consistency of activities with a local comparative...

Has trade openness reduced pollution in China?

Sandra PONCET, Laura HERING, José DE SOUSA P132,

We use recent detailed Chinese data on trade and pollution emissions to assess the environmental consequences of China’s integration into the...

Too Much Finance?

Jean-Louis ARCAND, Enrico BERKES, Ugo PANIZZA

This paper examines whether there is a threshold above which financial depth no longer has a positive effect on economic growth. We use different empirical...

The illusion of tax expenditures in Africa

Anne-Marie GEOURJON, Grégoire ROTA-GRAZIOSI B96,

Tax expenditure is transfer of public funds resulting from a reduction of tax obligations in relation to a standard, rather than direct spending (OECD,...

Product relatedness and firm exports in China

Sandra PONCET, Felipe STAROSTA DE WALDEMAR P58,

We propose the first evaluation using micro-level data of the expected growth gains from the consistency of activities with local comparative advantage....

When Unstable, Growth Is Less Pro-Poor

Patrick GUILLAUMONT, Catherine KORACHAIS

Macroeconomic instability has been increasingly considered as a factor lowering average income growth and, in this way, is...

20 September 2016 to 21 September 2016
, Paris

Tagpay World 2016

Christophe Angely, Director of Strategy at Ferdi, participated at the TagPay conference on digital banking and digital financial services

, Paris

Séminar organised by COMOZOF and Ferdi

Samuel Guérineau presented his paper co-written with Florian Léon : "Information sharing, credit booms and financial stability in developing countries".

17 November 2015 to 20 November 2015
, Brazzaville

Renforcement de la vision régionale des réformes douanières

Séminaire régional organisé par le Département des finances publiques (FAD) du Fonds monétaire international (FMI) financé par le Japon, dans le compte « JSA », en liaison avec le Centre d’assistance technique pour l’Afrique Centrale (AFRITAC Centre)

10 December 2013 to 12 December 2013
, Lomé

ICTD Annual Meeting 2013

ICTD organised this year its annual conference in a francophone african country on various thematics associated to tax and customs policy.

Tax Revenue Dataset for Sub-Saharan Africa: 1980-2010

The main innovation for this tax revenue dataset for Sub-Saharan Africa is the level of detail it provides about tax revenue sources for a large number of countries (41) and over a long time period (1980-2010).