Tax Revenue Trends in Asia and Latin America: A Comparative Analysis

Produced by: 
National Bureau of Economic Research
Available from: 
November 2015
Paper author(s): 
Joshua Aizenman
Yothin Jinjarak
Jungsuk Kim
Donghyun Park
Topic: 
Fiscal Policy - Public and Welfare Economics
Year: 
2016

We take stock of and compare tax revenue trends in Asia and Latin America. The tax revenues to GDP ratios increased significantly in both regions in the 2000s, although they remain visibly below European levels. Our analysis portrays a complex picture of the tax collection challenges facing developing countries. Overall, there remains sizable heterogeneity in the revenue performance of developing countries, and across regions. While progress has been made, the gap between the advanced economies and developing countries suggests ample room for future fiscal developments, and for more disaggregated studies of the tax mobilization challenges facing developing countries in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

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