The Metaketa II: Taxation round has awarded six grants to innovative experimental research projects that seek to assess the effects of facilitating citizens’ formalization of their relationship with the state on access to publically financed goods, and tax compliance. All of the projects use common informational interventions focused on providing information about the process of tax formalization along with a financial or in-kind subsidy such as access to registration assistance. In addition, each project will involve at least one complementary intervention.  

The awards, provided by funding from the UK’s Department for International Development, range from $150,000 to $250,000. All projects will collaborate closely, in conjunction with the EGAP Metaketa II: Taxation steering committee, with the goal of maximizing the consistency of designs, interventions, and outcome measurement across studies.

Congratulations to the Metaketa II: Taxation award recipients!

  • Increasing microentrepreneurs formalization and access to social security in Brazil
    • Location: Brazil. Principal Investigators: Rafael Goldszmidt (FGV), Anna-Katharina Lenz (FGV), Martin Valdivia (Group for the Analysis of Development), and Cesar Zucco Jr (FGV)
  • Enabling fiscal capacity and investment through property formalization: Experimental evidence from Colombia
    • Location: Colombia. Principal Investigators: Darin Christensen (University of California, Los Angeles) and Francisco Garfias (University of California, San Diego)
  • The origins of tax compliance and accountable governance: A randomized field experiment in the DR Congo
    • Location: DR Congo. Principal Investigators: Otis Reid (MIT) and Jonathan Weigel (Harvard University)
  • The effect of citizen empowerment on fee-based public service provision and urban governance in India
    • Location: India. Principal Investigators: Anjali Bohlken (Georgia Tech University), Nikhar Gaikwad (Columbia University), and Gareth Nellis (EGAP)
  • Collective action and solid waste collection in Zomba, Malawi
    • Location: Malawi. Principal Investigators: Jake Bowers (University of Illinois), Nuole Chen (University of Illinois), Christopher Grady (University of Illinois), and Matthew Winters (University of Illinois)
  • Formalization, tax appeals, and voluntary compliance in Lagos, Nigeria 
    • Location: Nigeria. Principal Investigators: Adrienne LeBas (American University) and Ryan Moore (American University)


The Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network is soliciting proposals for field experiments that seek to assess the effects of facilitating citizens’ formalization of their relationship with the state on access to publicly financed goods, and tax compliance in developing countries. This Metaketa round is funded by the UK's Department for International Development and invites studies that address the central question of whether formalizing state-citizens relationships increase access to public goods and services, and ultimately tax compliance, using two or more experimental treatment conditions. A common arm (or arms), to be implemented in a consistent manner by all supported projects, should seek to either assess the effects of encouraging people to secure a title to their property or other household/business assets, secure legal access to publicly provided utilities, or secure legal certainty of economic activities. Other formalization processes can be taken into account, as long as they present clear and tangible benefits to citizens. Encouragement interventions should aim to reduce the costs (financial, coordination​, and/or human capital) of the processes of formalization. 

Awards will range from $150,000 to $250,000. Please see the link to the full request for proposals along with links to the submission form and budget template below. 

Please submit all materials in a PDF format to The deadline for submission is November 30, 2016, 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

Request for Proposals 

RFP Submission Form

RFP Budget Template

Contact Jaclyn Leaver (EGAP Director of Research) at with any questions.

This call for expressions of interest is now closed. Thanks to all who applied. As mentioned below, this call sought to identify clusers of research projects with comparable interventions and outcome measures that would form the basis of the main Taxation Metaketa request for proposals. Please see below for a summary of the EOIs we received and stay tuned for the full request for proposals that will be launched in the next few weeks! 

Metaketa II: Taxation Summary of EOIs


The Evidence in Governance and Politics network (EGAP) is requesting expressions of interest (EOIs) for leading edge experimental research projects on taxation and good governance in developing countries. This grant round is specifically designed to foster knowledge accumulation across studies. Successful applicants will engage in closely related projects and adhere to a common set of research standards. For this round, EGAP will support 5-7 research projects that address a common theme. This request for short EOIs seeks to identify clusters of research projects with comparable interventions and outcome measures, which will form the basis of the main call. 

Please submit your EOI to The deadline for submission is September 15, 2016.

Expressions of Interest Form

Contact Jaclyn Leaver (EGAP Director of Research) at with any questions.