Development policy

The Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) is a focal point for research on the impact of a range of specific interventions related to early child development, health, nutrition, skill acquisition and education, sanitation, credit and insurance, anti-poverty transfers, labour markets, consumption, and tax and benefits reforms in developing countries.

Work at the Centre is strongly grounded in economic theory and enriched by the development and use of innovative measurement tools and by collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. The Centre also provides support to institutions conducting evaluations and engages in advocacy on best practice in evaluations and on the design of interventions themselves.

 

Evaluation of the nutritional embedding evaluation programme

| Report

An informational intervention in Western Kenya

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Redistribution, efficiency and the design of VAT: a review of the theory and literature

| Briefing Note

The simplest form of value added tax (VAT) – and the form often advocated by international organisations – is one with a broad base and a single (‘uniform’) rate. In practise, most countries exempt and/or apply lower VAT rates on certain categories of goods and services. In this note authors summarise the pros and cons of such ‘VAT rate differentiation’ that are highlighted in the economics and taxation literatures, paying particular attention to the applicability and relevance of each factor for low- and middle-income countries.

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The changing landscape of UK aid

| Briefing Note

This briefing note, released as part of the IFS's pre-election analysis, provides key information on UK aid spending.

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