Calculating Sustainable Non-mineral Balances as Benchmarks for Fiscal Policy : The Case of Botswana

Author/Editor:

Jens R Clausen

Publication Date:

May 1, 2008

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Summary:

Assuming a social welfare function that smoothes expenditure, this paper calculates a sustainability benchmark for the non-mineral balance in Botswana that is based on a notion of a "permanent income" from non-renewable resources. It is derived by constructing a hypothetical annuity from revenues from these resources, which is held constant in terms of GDP. Botswana is an interesting case because current projections suggest that diamond resources could be largely exhausted within a generation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/117

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451869774/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008117

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

15

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