Nada Eissa

Nada Eissa is a Responsive Policy Advisor for IGC.

Nada Eissa is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). From 2005-2007, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. Previously, she was on the economics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, a National Fellow of the NBER, a visiting economist at the IMF and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Professor Eissa’s research examines how tax and transfer policy affects work and family formation decisions, and in turn what these behavioral responses imply for how programmes should be designed. Her work has been published in major economics journals, and widely cited in the media. Professor Eissa is a recipient of the National Tax Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Government Finance and Taxation (1995). She is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Content by Nada Eissa
  • Publication - Project Report

    What is the fiscal costs of tax incentives in Uganda?

    20 Jan 2021 | Nada Eissa, Priya Manwaring, Nicole Ntungire, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Project

    Tax evasion in customs: Firm level evidence from Uganda

    Developing countries are constrained by a lack of resources to fund growth enhancing public investments. Trade taxes are one important source of tax revenues for almost all of these economies. Uganda is no exception: In fiscal year 2017/18 revenues from import duties (tariffs) alone contributed about 8.5 percent to total tax collection. For this project we propose to...

    11 Jan 2021 | Nada Eissa, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Michael Best

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Why is tax compliance important for growth?

    Nada Eissa, IGC Lead Academic for IGC Uganda, discusses why compliance is important to growth in developing countries and the role of information. This video is part of our #IGC10 campaign

    6 Sep 2019

  • Project

    Fiscal impacts of a presumptive tax for microenterprises in Rwanda

    This report examines the impact of the 2012 reform to micro and small enterprise tax law, which created a presumptive ‘flat fee’ regime in both Personal Income Tax (PIT) and Corporate Income Tax (CIT). In this regime, taxpayers whose turnover falls within a given band pay a fixed liability, with a zero marginal tax rate. Subsequent years have seen growth in both...

    9 Nov 2017 | Nada Eissa, Sally Murray, Andrew Zeitlin

  • Publication - Project Report

    Fiscal impacts of a presumptive tax for microenterprises in Rwanda

    24 Oct 2017 | Nada Eissa, Sally Murray, Andrew Zeitlin

  • Project

    The impacts of an innovative audit strategy on the amount and incidence of retail tax evasion: Mystery shoppers and electronic billing machines

    Rwanda in 2013 mandated VAT-registered businesses to use certified electronic billing machines (EBMs) with a promise to improve business efficiency and tax compliance. These machines specify the correct tax amount and send data for each transaction in real-time to the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA). Although current data confirms the effectiveness of using EBMs as measured...

    8 Nov 2016 | Nada Eissa, Andrew Zeitlin, Francois Gerard

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Fiscal decentralisation in South Sudan (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Nada Eissa, Peter Biar Ajak

  • Project

    East African Community tax comparison

    Many countries want to raise additional revenue, be it primarily for public investment, for social services, or for debt and deficit reduction. Regardless of revenue mobilisation plans, economic and institutional conditions limit the amount of taxes that a country can raise within the bounds of reason. This paper aims to quantify such tax capacity for a 27 year panel of 85...

    20 Nov 2015 | Tim Ohlenburg, Ben Langford, Nada Eissa, David Bevan

  • Project

    The dynamics of civil service reform and demobilisation

    An oversized public sector constrains efficiency and growth Though challenging, reducing the public sector is an opportunity for a healthier economy Government needs a strategy to reduce and improve its civil service for better growth The study increased awareness of the issue and led to requests for follow-up studies In South Sudan the public...

    4 Sep 2015 | Barbara Nunberg, Peter Biar Ajak, Nada Eissa

  • Multimedia Item - Audio

    Africa Growth Forum 2015: Nada Eissa & Adnan Khan

    24 Jul 2015

  • Project

    Fiscal decentralisation

    Overly centralised spending can inhibit an efficient allocation of government services This report is a response to government interest in understanding the introduction of fiscal federalism and how it can also contribute to stability and prosperity. The report found that there is scope for a more efficient allocation of resources across districts that may...

    22 Apr 2015 | Nada Eissa

  • Project

    Evaluation of electronic billing machines: Effectiveness of tax administration

    Increasing domestic revenues is key to reducing reliance on aid but VAT collection in Rwanda has slowed recently This study investigated whether new Electronic Billing Machines (EBMs) could increase VAT receipts The study finds that (government-mandated) EBM usage increases VAT receipts by on average 5.4% The revenue authority are using the study to...

    22 Apr 2015 | Andrew Zeitlin, Nada Eissa

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Growth Week 2014: Country Session - Rwanda

    6 Oct 2014

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Building State Capabilities: Latest Research and Policy

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) sponsored its first “Growth Forum” in South Sudan on 10th December 2012. The event was co-sponsored by the Centre for Strategic Analyses and Research (C-SAR). The forum was focused on “Building State Capabilities” and brought two leading economists from the United States to present policy relevant research to an audience that...

    4 Sep 2014 | Lant Pritchett, Nada Eissa

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Analysis of Sudan’s Labour Bill (Policy Brief)

    1 Mar 2013 | Nada Eissa

  • Project

    Labour markets in South Sudan

    The Labour Bill provides a key step towards establishing economic stability in South Sudan. It establishes the regulatory framework within which employers can operate and create jobs. More specifically the Labour Bill establishes labour institutions, defines general conditions of employment and fundamental rights of workers. The Bill reflects the input of all stakeholders,...

    1 Dec 2012 | Nada Eissa