Increasing Public Sector Revenue in the Philippines : Equity and Efficiency Considerations

Author/Editor:

Kevin Fletcher

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Public sector revenue has declined markedly in the Philippines over the past seven years. Most observers of the Philippine economy agree that rebuilding public sector revenue will be critical to reducing deficits and ensuring public sector debt sustainability. This paper reviews several of the main possibilities for raising public sector revenue, including increases in excise, VAT, and electricity rates. It argues that most of these proposals would raise revenue in a relatively efficient manner. Using household-level expenditure data, it also finds that most of these measures would be progressive, especially if they allow the government to avoid cuts in pro-poor spending.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/22

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860412/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005022

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

14

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