Gender, Poverty, and Taxation


Valodia, Imraan. 2009. “Gender, Poverty, and Taxation.” Empowering Women for Gender Equity, no. 81: 137-47.

Author: Imraan Valodia


While gender-budgeting has grown in prominence gender activists and policymakers have paid insufficient attention to the taxation side of public finance. Drawing on a three-year eight-country study this Profile outlines why gender activists should be concerned about the revenue side of the budget, shares the conceptual approach, methodology and some of the research findings of the study, and highlights key policy issues flowing from the research. The project found that income taxes continued to be biased against women. Somewhat against expectations, because these were carefully designed, value-added taxes in all of the countries studied did not appear to place an undue burden on poor women.

Keywords: gender, taxation, tax policy

Topics: Economies, Public Finance, Gender, Women

Year: 2009

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