Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Research Professor, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance

Ivar Kolstad

Associated Research Professor
The project focuses on corruption in tax administration. Reforms of tax administrations in Tanzania and Uganda in the 1990s, in the form of the establishment of semi-autonomous and well-funded revenue authorities, resulted in short term revenue increases. But these achievements have proved to be difficult to sustain in the longer run. After the initial success, revenues in percent of GDP are decreasing and the level of fiscal corruption seems to increase. The research aims to explore factors that may explain this trend. Two factors are highlighted; one is related to the limits of autonomy due to political interference, and the other to patterns of fiscal corruption.