Quasi-Fiscal Operations of Public Financial Institutions

Author/Editor:

George A Mackenzie ; Peter Stella

Publication Date:

October 24, 1996

Summary:

Central banks and other public financial institutions act as agents of fiscal policy in many countries. Their "quasi-fiscal" operations and activities can affect the overall public sector balance without affecting the budget deficit as conventionally measured, may also have important allocative effects, and increase the effective size of the public sector. This paper analyzes the macroeconomic and financial effects of such quasi-fiscal activities, as well as the taxes, subsidies, and other expenditures that such activities introduce outside the budget. Measurement and accounting issues are addressed, and policy recommendations are offered.

Series:

Occasional Paper No. 142

English

Publication Date:

October 24, 1996

ISBN/ISSN:

9781557755834/0251-6365

Stock No:

S142EA0000000

Format:

Paper

Pages:

45

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