Revenue Forecasting—How is it done? Results from a Survey of Low-Income Countries

Author/Editor:

Annette J Kyobe ; Stephan Danninger

Publication Date:

February 1, 2005

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Summary:

This paper takes stock of revenue forecasting practices in low-income countries, and provides a comprehensive and condensed account of the revenue forecasting process. Based on a new dataset on 34 low-income countries, it catalogues forecasting practices and procedures from inception until budget submission, focusing primarily on institutional aspects and processes. The paper also synthesizes three key characteristics of forecasting practices, formality, organizational simplicity, and transparency, and empirically explores their determinants. High levels of country corruption are associated with less formal and less transparent forecasts. Past IMF involvement in a country increases the formality of the process, but does not improve public access to information.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/24

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860436/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005024

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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