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Fiscal Policy

Fiscal Analysis and Forecasting (FAF)

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Session No.: ST 24.36

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Date: July 1-12, 2024 (2 weeks)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Junior officials from the ministries of finance and central banks who would benefit from a better understanding of the macroeconomic dimensions of fiscal policy.

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    Qualifications

    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or a related field, experience in macroeconomic analysis, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department, offers participants a more extensive exposure to fiscal issues and the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy than is possible in a standard course on Financial Programming and Policies. Separate lectures are devoted to fiscal accounts and analysis, fiscal rules and fiscal councils, fiscal multipliers, management of natural resource revenues, fiscal forecasting, and fiscal sustainability, how the fiscal sector relates to the rest of the economy, and fiscal dimensions in financial programming. Workshops take up about half the course time. These cover fiscal accounting and analysis, fiscal forecasting and sustainability, fiscal multipliers, fiscal rules and fiscal councils, management of natural resource revenues, and design of a fiscal baseline and alternative scenarios for a real country case study.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Prepare detailed analyses of revenue and spending developments. 
    • Generate forecasts of revenue and spending aggregates and the fiscal balance and discuss policy implications. 
    • Apply acquired knowledge and skills to group-based assessments of real country case studies.
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