The Redistributive Effects of Fiscal Policy in Mali and Niger

29 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

Date Written: June 17, 2019

Abstract

This study assesses the redistributive effects of fiscal policy in Mali and Niger. Fiscal policy is poverty increasing in Mali (by 2.4 percentage points) and Niger (2.5 percentage points). This is a result of primarily two factors: indirect taxes (value-added taxes and import duties) and direct fiscal transfers. Although the richest people in Mali and Niger pay the majority of indirect taxes, the poorest people pay a nonnegligible amount (more than 8 and 10 percent for the bottom three deciles, respectively). Although existing direct fiscal transfers have poverty-reducing effects, they are too small (Mali) or not well targeted (Niger).

Suggested Citation

Hounsa, Thierry and Coulibaly, Mohamed and Sanoh, Aly, The Redistributive Effects of Fiscal Policy in Mali and Niger (June 17, 2019). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8887, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430495

Thierry Hounsa (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Mohamed Coulibaly

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Aly Sanoh

World Bank - Africa ( email )

1818 H Street
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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