A Rule-Based Medium-Term Fiscal Policy Framework for Tanzania

Author/Editor: Kim, Daehaeng ; Saito, Mika
Publication Date: November 01, 2009
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Summary: A zero net domestic financing (NDF) target has served Tanzania well in recent years, contributing to prudent expenditure policy, improved fiscal sustainability, and macroeconomic stability. Moving to a more flexible fiscal policy, however, may serve Tanzania better. The "diamond rule" proposed in this paper incorporates a permanent hard ceiling on debt and annual benchmark limits on NDF, expenditure growth, and nonconcessional external financing. This rule would provide flexibility for countercyclical policy and help define the fiscal space for infrastructure spending that is consistent with longrun fiscal sustainability. An illustrative simulation shows that Tanzania has considerable fiscal space for development spending.
Series: Working Paper No. 09/244
Subject(s): Budgetary policy | Budgeting | Cross country analysis | Debt sustainability | External borrowing | External debt | Fiscal policy | Fiscal sustainability | Government expenditures | Public investment | Revenues | Tanzania

Author's Keyword(s): Fiscal sustainability | fiscal rules | medium-term fiscal framework
Publication Date: November 01, 2009
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2009244 Pages: 29
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