A three-day training on new ways of coding tax and benefits held at the Balme Library, University of Ghana, ended on 28th June, 2018. The topic was “An introduction to GHAMOD, a Tax-Benefit Microsimulation Model for Ghana.”

The training was organised by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, the University of Tampere, the United Nations University (UNI-WIDER); and the University of Essex.

Welcoming the twenty (20) participants, Prof. Robert Oseiof ISSER stated that Ghana, like other developing countries, is now building up its social protection system and the financing of public spending will need to be increasingly based on domestic tax revenues. In this process, tax-benefit microsimulation models are very useful for understanding system-wide impacts of different policy choices. Hence, the purpose of the training is to introduce participants to the latest version of GHAMOD, a tax-benefit microsimulation programme for Ghana, developed under the UNU-WIDER SOUTHMOD project, in collaboration with ISSER, University of Tampere and University of Essex.

Attendees were from the National Development Planning Commission, Department of Economics, University of Ghana, the Association of African University, and other institutions.

The organising team were Prof Robert Osei, Mr. Jukka Pirtilla of the University of Tampere and United Nations University, UNI-WIDER and Mr. Pia Rattenhuber of the University of Essex, and Mr. Kwabena Adu-Ababio of ISSER, who was the Principal Research Assistant.

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