Fiscal Rules : Useful Policy Framework or Unnecessary Ornament?

Author/Editor:

George Kopits

Publication Date:

September 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

With the primary objective of conferring credibility on macroeconomic policies, an increasing number of advanced and emerging market economies have adopted various forms of fiscal rules (mainly balanced-budget requirements and debt limits). In contrast to previous fiscal rules, many of which lacked transparency, recently introduced rules have the potential of serving as a useful depoliticized policy framework, and over time, can contribute to stability and growth. To this end, they need to be well designed and supported by an appropriate institutional infrastructure.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/145

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451856545/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1452001

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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