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  • Too Much At Stake: Moving Ahead with Energy Price Reforms

    In a new IMF book, we look at precisely how policymakers can strike the right balance between the substantial economic benefits of energy use and its harmful environmental side effects.

  • Fiscal Policy’s Evolving Role

    The book Post-Crisis Fiscal Policy, edited by Carlo Cottarelli, Philip Gerson and Abdelhak Senhadji, brings together the analysis underpinning the IMF’s position on the evolving role of fiscal policy.

  • The Secret Weapon for Fiscal Strength—Strong Budget Institutions

    Most economists would agree that institutions in general are incredibly important in helping to shape countries’ overall economic and fiscal outcomes. But which institutions really matter, and to what extent, is less clear.

  • Meeting Rising Pressures to Address Income Inequality—A User’s Guide

    These are difficult times for ministers of finance. Fiscal constraints are tight and raising economic growth a priority. At the same time, income inequality is on the rise, and so is public pressure for governments to do something about it through their tax and spending policies. What’s a minister to do? How can he or she meet these seemingly incompatible demands?

Books

  • Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice

    This book develops a practical methodology, and associated tools, to show how the major environmental damages from energy can be quantified for different countries and used to design the efficient set of energy taxes.

  • Post-Crisis Fiscal Policy

    The book underscores how the global financial crisis has reshaped our understanding of the role of fiscal policy with topics that include a historical view of debt accumulation; the timing, size, and composition of fiscal stimulus packages in advanced and emerging economies; the heated debate surrounding the size of fiscal multipliers and the effectiveness of fiscal policy as a countercyclical tool and more.

  • Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries : A Handbook

    Revenues from natural resources often pose unique challenges for tax administration. This Handbook is one of the first of its kind to focus attention on effectively administering revenues from extractive industries.

  • Equitable and Sustainable Pensions : Challenges and Experience

    This book brings together the latest research on equity issues related to pension systems and pension reforms in the post-crisis world.

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