Fiscal Revenues in South Mediterranean Arab Countries : Vulnerabilities and Growth Potential

Author/Editor:

Karim A. Nashashibi

Publication Date:

April 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper reviews the fiscal revenue performance of Southern Mediterranean Arab countries (SMCs) over the last decade and compares this performance with selected middle income and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. These revenues have been declining over the past few years, and this trend is expected to continue because of a fall in mineral receipts and trade liberalization. Individual income tax yields are substantially lower than in other regions but the introduction of the value-added tax has proven to be highly successful. Higher trade protection than in other regions must be reduced, if SMCs are to be integrated into the global economy. Loss of nontax and customs revenues can be offset by reforms in income tax systems, petroleum product pricing, and by ensuring, through flexible exchange rate policies, that competitiveness is maintained

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/67

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451848915/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0672002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

17

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