UNU-WIDER Winter School on Tax Policy Research 2022 for African researchers

UNU-WIDER Winter School on Tax Policy Research 2022 for African researchers

Deadline: March 18, 2022

Applications are open for the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Winter School on Tax Policy Research 2022. The aim of the course is to provide African researchers with an understanding of the theories, methods, and data availability for conducting high quality analysis on tax and development economics. The course will take place in two parts during the period of May 31 – July 16, 2022.

Part one of the course is a 3-day online Stata and Statistics bootcamp to be held May 31 – June 2, 2022. Part two is an in-person course for one week, co-hosted with the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa during July 11-16, 2022.

The Winter School is part of UNU-WIDER’s program on Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM). It is organized by the Building up efficient and fair tax systems – lessons based on administrative tax data project.

Program Details

The Winter School will provide participants with a toolkit in applied public economics with special focus on the quantitative analysis of tax and public economics in developing countries. Part one will provide participants with a basic understanding of how to use Stata for data analysis and understanding statistical concepts in economics. During part two of the Winter school, participants will take part in lectures given by leading experts from UNU-WIDER’s global network and work intensively in the computer lab to strengthen their quantitative research skills.

Beyond providing a methodological toolkit using practical examples, one of the main aims of this course is to sensitize participants to the key factors that make up policy relevant research. This may include innovativeness and the ability to make causal claims.

Topics that will be addressed during the course include:

  • Taxation and development: A developing country perspective
  • Tax incidence and excess burden: Theory and empirics 
  • Tax evasion and enforcement
  • Optimal taxation and redistribution 
  • International taxation

Financial Support

  • UNU-WIDER will provide successful applicants with a travel grant to cover costs of travel to and from the home institution, accommodation, and most meals during the stay in Cape Town. Backoffice support will also be available to obtain an entry visa to South Africa.


  • The applicant must be a researcher or an analyst that has shown ability and interest to conduct policy-driven research on African economies.
  • Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative analytical skills.
  • Application is open to researchers from ministries, revenue authorities, other government agencies, universities, and research institutes in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applications from suitably qualified early-career female researchers are particularly encouraged.
  • Course certificates will be issued to participants who join a minimum of 80% of the lectures and practical sessions in both parts of the course.


UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the UNU-WIDER Winter School. Deadline for submission of applications is 18 March 2022 23:59 UTC+2.

The following documents are required when submitting your application:

  • CV
  • A motivational letter
  • A one-page originally written Stata code sample
  • Letter of recommendation. This document must be submitted by its signatory to [email protected] before 18 March 2022 and you must provide her/his name in the application.

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