Programme Director - Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TaxDev)
Yani Tyskerud is Programme Director for TaxDev. TaxDev aims to contribute to more effective tax policymaking in low- and middle-income countries through partnerships with governments and researchers. Yani manages relationships with partners and funders, and coordinates the overall delivery of the programme.
Yani has over 15 years of experience in international development and has designed and managed research projects in Cambodia, India, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. Prior to joining IFS in 2016, she was a Research Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action-Ghana (IPA-Ghana).
Yani also has an interest in data and research ethics, and is currently a member of the Data Ethics Committee (DEC) at the Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ecda).
MSc Local Economic Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007
BA (1st Class Honours) European Studies and German, University of Manchester, 2004
While the UK’s exit from the European Union continues to dominate the political and economic landscape, another important process looms: the 2019 Spending Review. This will determine how government spending is to be distributed across departments beyond 2019–20, including spending on overseas aid.
The UK is committed by law to spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid every year. This fiscal commitment is notable given the significant public spending pressures across government. In this context, the government has overseen some important changes to how its aid is allocated in recent years. These include the pursuit of new strategic objectives, a greater emphasis on a cross-government approach, and an explicit focus on the role aid can play in serving the UK’s national interest.
In a speech on Tuesday 9th October, the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, touched upon a number of important issues taking centre stage in current debates on UK aid spending, including Brexit and the role of private sector investment. These two substantive issues are interesting within the context of broader developments in UK aid spending in recent years. A new report by researchers from the IFS and the Center for Global Development (CGD) analyses how UK aid is spent and the potential drivers of these changes.
This paper, written collaboratively by IFS researchers and policy-makers from Ethiopia and Ghana, has multiple and interlinked objectives: (i) to provide an overview of tax incentives and best practices for their design grounded in economic principles, and assess how these apply to the case studies of Ethiopia and Ghana; and (ii) to understand more broadly the causal impacts of tax incentives on economic outcomes in developing countries by reviewing the relevant methodologies to conduct rigorous quantitative analysis and the existing empirical literature. Finally, we discuss the policy implications and avenues for research given the existing literature on the causal impact of tax incentives.
23 March 2018 at 09:307 Ridgmount Street
Governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) need to raise sufficient tax revenues in order to invest in human and physical capital and expand social protection programmes. Such investments will be vital to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. But effective tax systems are about more than raising revenue, and understanding the distributional and behavioural impacts of policies is vital if policymakers are to ensure that their tax systems support inclusive growth and avoid potentially damaging economic distortions.
This paper, written collaboratively by IFS researchers and policy-makers from Ethiopia and Ghana, has multiple and interlinked objectives: (i) to provide an overview of tax incentives and best practices for their design grounded in economic principles, and assess how these apply to the case studies of Ethiopia and Ghana; and (ii) to understand more broadly the causal impacts of tax incentives on economic outcomes in developing countries by reviewing the relevant methodologies to conduct rigorous quantitative analysis and the existing empirical literature.
25 May 2017 at 11:00<p>7 Ridgmount Street<br />London<br />WC1E 7AE</p>
The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) aims to contribute to more effective tax policy-making in low and middle income countries through applied research and policy analysis, improving the analytical capacity of partner governments, and the development of a broader research agenda which will generate high quality evidence in this vital area of development policy.