Experts in taxation, trade and impact assessment
ECOPA provides consulting services in sectors with a compelling need for rigorous analysis of policies and strategies. In taxation, trade and impact assessment, we combine a command of modern quantitative techniques with extensive field experience.
Combining data-based economic analysis with policy experience
Excessive tax burden, especially if combined with a complex regulatory system and badly coordinated institutions, make taxation inefficient and unable to fulfill its objectives. At the extreme, it can severely discourage investment and engender counter-productive incentives to evade taxation.
ECOPA provides assistance to tax administrations to assess and improve the competitiveness of their tax system and enhance taxpayer compliance (see Revisor).
ECOPA advises governments and funding agencies on tax policy in emerging economies using econometric modeling and micro simulations, including for the analysis of investment incentives.
Over the years, ECOPA has developed specialized expertise in the analysis of trade policies. Its approach, combining state-of-the-art modelling techniques with strong field experience, generates robust and well-researched recommendations, including evaluations of free-trade agreements.
Our project have included ex ante evaluations of the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements in Africa based on computable general equilibrium models and strategic advice on the future for regional trade agreements in the Pacific.
To evaluate the impact of programs and policies in taxation and private sector development, ECOPA implements econometric methods to generate counterfactual scenarios and compare them with observed outcomes.
These tools add to hands-on policy experience. They are combined with qualitative techniques (case studies, focus groups) to provide balanced evaluations with practical lessons on policy and program design.
ECOPA is a member of the Economisti Associati-led consortium for impact assessments of the European Union’s internal tax and customs policies, for the European Commission’s DG TAXUD.