Episode 18

State Capacity, Taxation and Development -- with Augustin Bergeron


September 16th, 2021

30 mins 6 secs

Season 2

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About this Episode

Governments in the world’s poorest countries face important revenue constraints. The ability to collect taxes directly affects the quality of public services and infrastructures, and is thought to undermine economic growth. Augustin Bergeron walks us through 3 experiments he conducted in D.R. Congo to investigate how the architecture of tax collection affects a state's fiscal capacity: who collects taxes, how much you can collect, and how you collect them.