Germany : Staff Report for the 2000 Article IV Consultation

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

November 2, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Fiscal policy has a strong foundation in the multiyear program of spending cuts, tax reforms, and deficit reduction in Germany. Germany's focus on actual, rather than cyclically adjusted, fiscal goals and outcomes carries the risk of rendering fiscal policy procyclical. The recent business and personal income tax reforms, pension reform, and product market reforms is commendable. But the potential benefits of these diverse reforms require a more proactive approach to labor market reform. The longer-term efficiency and functioning of the financial sector pose challenging issues.

Series:

Country Report No. 00/141

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 2, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451810349/1934-7685

Stock No:

1DEUEA0012000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

45

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