SAMOD – a South African tax-benefit microsimulation model

In collaboration with ISER at the University of Essex, SASPRI has developed a stand-alone version of the South African tax-benefit microsimulation model SAMOD. The model is a static microsimulation model and is derived from the EUROMOD platform developed by a team at the University of Essex led by Prof Holly Sutherland. Work to update the model has been undertaken by SASPRI and used to carry out various analytical studies. Most recently, SAMOD has been used as part of SASPRI’s involvement in two Expert Panels on the appropriateness and feasibility of a system of Basic Income Support (BIS) for South Africa, funded by the ILO for the Department of Social Development and the South African Government. Various reports and papers using SAMOD are available here.

The model has been shared with the South African Department of Social Development, the South African Social Security Agency, The South African National Treasury, and the South African Revenue Service. Training has been conducted to enable government to make use of the model to inform the policy-making process.