Budgetary Convergence in the WEAMU : Adjustment Through Revenue or Expenditure?

Author/Editor:

Jean-Claude Nachega ; Ousmane Dore

Publication Date:

June 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

A regional convergence pact adopted recently by the Conference of Heads of States of WAEMU provides a framework for fiscal convergence similar to the European Union’s Maastricht Treaty. Using bivariate co-integration and error-correction models, this paper investigates the relationship between revenue and expenditure in seven member countries to determine the feasibility and nature of the policy adjustment required to meet the new convergence criteria. The results indicate that, in the long run, there is causality running from revenue to expenditure in Burkina Faso and Senegal, from expenditure to revenue in Benin and Togo, a bidirectional causality in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, and no causality in Niger.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/109

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451853209/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1092000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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