Growth, Governance, and Fiscal Policy Transmission Channels in Low-Income Countries

Author/Editor:

Naoko C. Kojo ; Arye L. Hillman ; Emanuele Baldacci

Publication Date:

December 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Private investment is the principal transmission channel through which fiscal policy affects growth in high-income countries. In low-income countries, governance and also other considerations suggest that the primary channel is factor productivity. Empirical results reported in this paper confirm this expectation: in low-income countries, factor productivity is some four times more effective than investment as a channel for increasing growth through fiscal policy. Although the private investment response to fiscal contraction may be minor, high-deficit, low-income countries can nonetheless benefit from a reduction in unsustainable fiscal deficits because of governance-related factor productivity responses that increase growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/237

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451875737/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2372003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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