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Growth, Governance, and Fiscal Policy Transmission Channels in Low-Income Countries

Author/Editor: Baldacci, Emanuele | Hillman, Arye L. | Kojo, Naoko C.
Authorized for Distribution: December 1, 2003
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Summary: Private investment is the principal transmission channel through which fiscal policy affects growth in high-income countries. In low-income countries, governance and also other considerations suggest that the primary channel is factor productivity. Empirical results reported in this paper confirm this expectation: in low-income countries, factor productivity is some four times more effective than investment as a channel for increasing growth through fiscal policy. Although the private investment response to fiscal contraction may be minor, high-deficit, low-income countries can nonetheless benefit from a reduction in unsustainable fiscal deficits because of governance-related factor productivity responses that increase growth.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 03/237
Subject(s): Economic growth | Low income developing countries | Fiscal policy | Governance
Author's keyword(s): Growth | governance | fiscal policy | low-income countries
 
English  
    Published:   December 1, 2003        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2372003   Pages:   38
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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