Should Advanced Countries Adopt a Fiscal Responsibility Law?

Author/Editor:

Ian Lienert

Publication Date:

November 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Fiscal Responsibility Laws (FRLs) appear to be more popular in middle-income countries than advanced countries, even though their success is limited. The reasons why few advanced countries have a FRL include: the existing legal framework for the budget system is adequate; supranational rules and political agreements in EU countries; failed attempts to include quantitative fiscal rules in laws; lack of consensus or interest in attaining the goals of FRL-type legislation; and lack of need for a law to regulate fiscal transparency, accountability and macro-fiscal stabilization. Without commitment to fiscal discipline, adoption of a FRL may not contribute to attaining fiscal consolidation goals.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/254

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455209545/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010254

Format:

Paper

Pages:

45

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