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January 2019
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by Kyle McNabb

Introducing the GRD Explorer Let’s face it, data is important. It sits at the core of almost everything that we in the development economics research community do. However, the way in which we use, share, understand, interpret and present data is more important still. Therefore, we are delighted to share with you the GRD Explorer, a…

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October 2017
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by Kyle McNabb

The increasing focus on domestic resource mobilization in developing countries means that, for researchers and policy makers, access to accurate and timely data is more important than ever. The Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) — developed by the International Centre for Tax and Development and now maintained by UNU-WIDER — remains the most complete source of…

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March 2016
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by Kyle McNabb & Wilson Prichard

In 2010, the ICTD launched efforts to create the ICTD government revenue dataset (GRD), which is increasingly recognized as the best possible source of cross-country revenue data for researchers. An important motivation was concern about the quality and transparency of data available from the IMF: Publicly available data had significant limitations, while the private data…

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August 2015
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by Kyle McNabb

Highlights of the Updated GRD – Contains new government revenue data until 2012 and in many cases, 2013.  – Better coverage – more data from sources means (Better disaggregation, more countries where we can isolate resource revenues and new observations – e.g. South Sudan. – Includes the System of National Accounting and base year used by…

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October 2014
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by Kyle McNabb

The past three decades have seen sweeping changes in the means by which many developing countries collect fiscal revenues. From a heavy reliance on trade taxes in the 1980’s, many low and middle-income countries, with guidance and support from the IMF, have seen their tax mixes change toward a greater reliance on consumption taxes such…

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October 2014
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by Kyle McNabb

  I recently had the privilege of attending the launch of the ICTD Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) in Washington DC. Having had early access to this data for some time now, I feel well placed to shed some light on why researchers should sit up and take notice of this exciting endeavor.    The ICTD (GRD) offers…

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