Tax Policy, Fiscal Analysis, & Revenue Forecasting

The Tax Policy, Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting course exposes public sector finance officers and budget officials from developing and transition countries to the latest developments in tax policy design, fiscal analysis, and revenue forecasting.
Dates: July 30 -August 10, 2018
Cost: $5,900


In all countries fiscal analysis and revenue forecasting are essential to the smooth functioning of government. There is an important need for governments to identify and analyze the effects of existing and proposed tax laws on the dynamics of the economy and to develop in-house skills to carry out such analyses. Tax policy issues include changes in tax rates, tax bases, the introduction and elimination of taxes and their impact on revenue performance, as well as the efficiency and equity effects of the tax system. The revenue forecasting component of this course focuses on proven methodologies for forecasting revenue receipts in developing economies as well as micro-simulation models. Approximately one-half of the course time is conducted in a computer laboratory.

Participants apply principles learned in the course to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their country’s tax system. Additionally, participants receive hands-on training in applying the latest fiscal analysis and revenue forecasting techniques as well as a good grounding in the principles of tax policy design by leading international experts

Dates: July 30 -August 10, 2018
Cost: $5,900

  • Principals of taxation
  • Tax administration and tax compliance
  • Tax reform and implementation challenges
  • Fiscal policy and fiscal architecture
  • Overview and trends in: consumption taxes, excises, trade taxes, property taxes, income taxes, and taxes on wealth and assets
  • Natural resource taxation
  • Tax incidence analysis
  • Learning about taxes through experiments
  • Empirical techniques and models for forecasting revenue
  • Regression analysis
  • Micro-simulation models: estimating revenue from value added tax
  • Using EViews for revenue forecasting


Dr. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez Jorge Martinez-Vazquez
Regents Professor, Economics
Director of ICePP
Dr. Sally Wallace Sally Wallace
Chair, Economics
Associate Director, FRC
Musharraf Cyan 
Research Assistant Professor
Senior Research Associate, ICePP
Andrey Timofeev
Research Assistant Professor
Senior Research Associate, ICePP
Mark Rider
Associate Professor, Economics

Logistics Information

Tuition for the two-week fiscal decentralization, local governance, and service delivery course is $5,900. The tuition fee includes all training-related costs, including instruction, course materials, single-occupancy lodging accommodations, local transportation and cultural activities. However, the course tuition does not include airfare to/from Atlanta, health insurance, meals, or other incidental expenses. The estimated cost for meals and incidental expenses for Atlanta is $56 per day.

Participants are typically funded by their government (e.g., Ministry of Finance) or through bilateral or multilateral development agencies. The participant is responsible for securing a commitment for funding before submitting the application. Examples of multilateral development agencies are the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank. Follow this link for additional information regarding funding opportunities.

Participants to the courses stay at the Hilton Garden Inn or Embassy Suites Hotel. The hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia State campus and downtown Atlanta. The CNN Center is conveniently located across from the hotel. The Andrew Young School makes hotel reservations on behalf of participants and room charges are included in the course tuition fee. Participants are generally assigned single-occupancy rooms with complimentary wireless high speed internet access.

A number of field trips and outings are planned for course participants providing an opportunity to interact with each other and with program instructors outside the classroom, while providing participants with a taste of local history and culture. These extracurricular activities include visits to relevant places of interest around the city of Atlanta. Transportation and entrance tickets are included in the tuition fee.

Note that due to the length of time needed for the U.S. Government to process visas, it is highly recommended that you submit your training program application as soon as possible. Once your training program application is received, Georgia State University will be able to provide supporting documentation for the visa application process.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than 10 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed in full less the cost of the wire transfer. Cancellations made less than 10 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed 60% of the total fee. This withholding is to cover the cost of the penalty fee paid to the hotel for canceling the room and the costs incurred for the purchase training supplies.

Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course up to 30 days before the beginning of the course based on projected participation.