Harvard Kennedy School
Anders Jensen's primary research interests are in public finance and development. One set of projects seeks to study the factors that shape the capacity to tax and the choice of tax policy over the long run of development. Ultimately, this line of work aims to shed light on how should, and can, a government go from raising 5-10 percent of GDP in taxes to around 35-40 percent, while encouraging development more broadly. A second line of work consists of joint research-policy collaborations with tax authorities and other government departments in developing countries. The starting point here is the specific structure, policies and constraints of a given country. Through multi-year engagements and the use of large micro datasets, these projects seek to study what governments can do to incrementally improve tax policy, administration, enforcement and morale. In this line of work, Anders is currently collaborating with government agencies in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zambia.
Anders received his PhD in Economics from London School of Economics in 2016, and spent one year at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) as a post-doctoral fellow before joining Harvard. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at NBER, and an International Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.