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Budget Institutions and Fiscal Performance in Low-Income Countries

Author/Editor: Dabla-Norris, Era | Allen, Richard | Zanna, Luis-Felipe | Prakash, Tej | Kvintradze, Eteri | Lledo, Victor Duarte | Yackovlev, Irene | Gollwitzer, Sophia
Authorized for Distribution: March 1, 2010
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Summary: This paper presents, for the first time, multi-dimensional indices of the quality of budget institutions in low-income countries. The indices allow for benchmarking against the performance of middle-income countries, across regions, and according to different institutional arrangements that deliver good fiscal performance. Using the constructed indices, the paper provides preliminary empirical support for the hypotheses that strong budget institutions help improve fiscal balances and public external debt outcomes; and countries with stronger fiscal institutions have better scope to conduct countercyclical policies.
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Series: Working Paper No. 10/80
Subject(s): Budget deficits | Budgetary policy | Budgeting | Budgets | Business cycles | Cross country analysis | Economic models | Fiscal policy | Low-income developing countries
Author's keyword(s): Budget Institutions | Budget Systems | Low-Income Countries | Government Debt | Government Deficits | Fiscal Policy
    Published:   March 1, 2010        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2010080   Pages:   56
    Price:   US$18.00
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