Contingent Liabilities : Issues and Practice

Author/Editor:

Aliona Cebotari

Publication Date:

October 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Contingent liabilities have gained prominence in the analysis of public finance. Indeed, history is full of episodes in which the financial position of the public sector is substantially altered-or its true nature uncovered-as a result of government bailouts of financial or nonfinancial entities, in both the private and the public sector. The paper discusses theoretical and practical issues raised by contingent liabilities, including the rationale for taking them on, how to safeguard against the fiscal risks associated with them, how to account and budget for them, and how to disclose them. Country experiences are used to illustrate ways these issues are addressed in practice and challenges faced. The paper also points to good practices related to the mitigation, management and disclosure of risks from contingent liabilities.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/245

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871036/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008245

Format:

Paper

Pages:

60

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