Fiscal Transition in Countries of the Former Soviet Union : An Interim Assessment

Author/Editor:

Jeffrey M. Davis ; A. Cheasty

Publication Date:

June 1, 1996

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Summary:

This paper reviews the uneven record of fiscal performance in the states of the former Soviet Union since independence. Deficits have come down rapidly, an important contribution to stabilization. Given, however, the unexpectedly severe revenue decline and limited financing, the stabilization was reached by sharp cuts in expenditure. The cuts were abrupt and not focused on transition goals, and the instruments used vitiated normal budgetary processes. Hence, benchmarks of fiscal success other than stabilization are elusive. Government intervention and subsidies remain important, social spending is inefficient, and there is little evidence in the budget of restructuring.

Series:

Working Paper No. 96/61

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 1996

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451848120/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0611996

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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