Fiscal Rules Dataset

1985 - 2013


IMF Fiscal Affairs Department
September, 2013

What are Fiscal Rules? A fiscal rule imposes a long-lasting constraint on fiscal policy through numerical limits on budgetary aggregates.

About this Dataset: It provides systematic information on the use and design of fiscal rules covering national and supranational fiscal rules in 87 countries from 1985 to end-August 2013. The dataset covers four types of rules: budget balance rules (BBR), debt rules (DR), expenditure rules (ER), and revenue rules (RR), applying to the central or general government or the public sector.

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