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Energy Sector Quasi-Fiscal Activities in the Countries of the Former Soviet Union

Author/Editor: Petri, Martin | Taube, Günther | Tsyvinski, Aleh
Authorized for Distribution: March 1, 2002
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Summary: A decade into the transition, many of the successor states of the former Soviet Union (FSU) continue to use energy sector quasi-fiscal activities (QFAs), especially low energy prices and the toleration of payment arrears, to provide large implicit and untargeted subsidies. These activities disguise the overall size of the government, cause overconsumption and waste, and contribute to macroeconomic imbalances. This paper analyses such activities in FSU countries, with particular emphasis on two case studies (Azerbaijan and Ukraine). The paper's policy conclusions point to the need to increase energy prices, combined with a strengthening of safety nets to protect the poor, better enforcement of payment discipline, and more efforts to achieve fiscal transparency.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 02/60
Subject(s): Energy sector | Former Soviet Union | Azerbaijan | Ukraine | Transition economies | Fiscal policy | Energy prices | Subsidies | Taxation | Payments arrears
Author's keyword(s): Former soviet union | transition countries | fiscal policy | quasi-fiscal activities | energy sector | energy prices
 
English  
    Published:   March 1, 2002        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA0602002   Pages:   34
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