Does conditionality in IMF-supported programs promote revenue reform?

Author/Editor:

Ernesto Crivelli ; Sanjeev Gupta

Publication Date:

November 19, 2014

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper studies whether revenue conditionality in Fund-supported programs had any impact on the revenue performance of 126 low- and middle-income countries during 1993-2013. The results indicate that such conditionality had a positive impact on tax revenue, with strongest improvement felt on taxes on goods and services, including the VAT. Revenue conditionality matters more for low-income countries, particularly those where revenue ratios are below the group average. Moreover, revenue conditionality appears to be more effective when targeted to a specific tax. These results hold after controlling for potential endogeneity, sample selection bias, and when revenues are adjusted for economic cycle.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/206

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 19, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484380048/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014206

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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