Good, Bad or Ugly?on the Effects of Fiscal Rules with Creative Accounting

Author/Editor:

Gian M Milesi-Ferretti

Publication Date:

October 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Do fiscal rules likely lead to fiscal adjustment, or do they encourage the use of ‘creative accounting’? This question is studied with a model in which fiscal rules are imposed on ‘measured’ fiscal variables, which can differ from ‘true’ variables because there is a margin for creative accounting. The probability of detecting creative accounting depends on its size and the transparency of the budget. The model studies the effects on fiscal policy of different rules, separating structural from cyclical effects, and examines how these effects depend on the underlying fiscal distortion and on the degree of transparency of the budget.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/172

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858563/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1722000

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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