Performance of Fiscal Accounts in South Africa in a Cross-Country Setting

Author/Editor: Aydin, Burcu
Publication Date: September 01, 2010
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Summary: This paper analyzes the cyclical fluctuations in South Africa in a cross-country context, and studies the impact of the output gap by controlling for export intensity, the debt burden, asset prices, and banking crises. Results show that South Africa’s revenue performance was outstanding during the mid-2000s, and the recent decline in revenue was one of the least among the emerging and advanced markets. Results on the elasticity of tax revenue show that South Africa’s elasticity is higher during business upturns, indicating good prospects for recovering the revenue lost during the global financial crisis.
Series: Working Paper No. 10/217
Subject(s): Business cycles | Cross country analysis | Economic models | Fiscal analysis | Revenues | South Africa | Tax collection | Tax revenues

Author's Keyword(s): South Africa | structural balance | panel data
Publication Date: September 01, 2010
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2010217 Pages: 19
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