Kieran Byrne

Thesis Title: Essays in Taxation and Development

Abstract: Taxation funds essential public services. As countries develop, tax collection, as a proportion of gross domestic product, tends to increase. Concurrently, the tax system is often reformed, as governments seek designs which minimize distortions to the economy. The ability to implement an efficient tax system is closely linked to state taxation capacity (Besley and Persson, 2013).

My research focuses on taxation and development. I seek to complement administrative micro-data with wider measures economic activity to understand efficient tax design and implementation. I’ll work jointly with staff in tax administrations to provide causal answers to first-order questions that they face—research which can generate portable evidence to policymaking across contexts.

First Supervisor: Dr Lucie Gadenne

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