MOZMOD training event held in May 2018
The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Southern African Social Policy Research Insights (SASPRI) organised a 3-day MOZMOD training event for members of the Mozambican government, civil society organizations, and academic researchers.
MOZMOD is a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Mozambique. The event took place on 29–31 May 2018 in Maputo, and was the second part of a training on MOZMOD. This first training event on MOZMOD had taken place in June 2017.
The purpose of the second training in May 2018 was to further develop participants’ knowledge of and expertise in working with MOZMOD. The training started with a refresher session on the key principles and methods of MOZMOD, followed by a series of practical exercises in order to equip attendees with a greater understanding of how to build and implement a range of policy reform scenarios.
Tax-benefit microsimulation models – which combine representative household-level data on incomes and expenditures and detailed coding of tax and benefit legislation – have proven to be an extremely useful tool for policy makers and researchers alike. The models apply user-defined tax and benefit policy rules to microdata on individuals and households and calculate the effects of these rules on household income.