Evaluating Designs for a Fiscal Rule in Bulgaria

Author/Editor:

Jochen R. Andritzky

Publication Date:

November 1, 2011

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The enhanced Stability and Growth Pact calls on euro area members and aspirants to set boundaries to fiscal deficits through high-level legislation. A limit on the deficit, such as the deficit ceiling in Bulgaria's organic budget law, serves to protect solvency. The recent crisis clearly indicated that the key challenges are not only to contain the deficit but also to avoid a procyclical stance during upswings and to build a buffer for rainy days. Ideally, fiscal policymaking is guided by a fiscal rule that adapts through the economic cycle. This paper lays out the objectives of fiscal rules and analyzes how these objectives can be met in Bulgaria through either a growth-adjusted balance rule or an expenditure rule complemented by a deficit ceiling.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/272

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463925277/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011272

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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