Challenging poverty in developing countries – the impact of our innovation in microsimulation in Mozambique

Microsimulation models, based on ISER’s innovation, EUROMOD, the tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union, are already having an impact on policy-making in developing countries, as illustrated in a short film from UNU-WIDER, funders of the SOUTHMOD project, involving the EUROMOD team in collaboration with international partners.

Working alongside South African Social Policy Insights (SASPRI), in a project funded by UNU-WIDER, members of the EUROMOD team at ISER have created SOUTHMOD, tax-benefit microsimulation models, based on the EUROMOD platform, for a selection of developing countries.

The main focus of the project is on Africa with microsimulation models constructed for Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

These new models complement existing models for South Africa (SAMOD) and Namibia (NAMOD), which are also based on EUROMOD and have been put together by SASPRI. To provide further comparability, the team created a model for one country from Latin America (Ecuador) and initial scoping for one country from Asia (Vietnam).

In addition to providing the technical platform for these models in the form of EUROMOD software and tools, th team at ISER are also involved in the training of all local developers, in producing new tools and software add-ons for analysing income distributions, and for the construction of the model in Ecuador.

Watch the film here.


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