The Political Economy of Revenue-Forecasting Experience From Low-Income Countries

Author/Editor:

Stephan Danninger ; Annette J Kyobe ; M. Cangiano

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

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Summary:

This paper analyzes interference and timeliness in the revenue-forecasting process, using new data on revenue-forecasting practices in low-income countries. Interference is defined as the occurrence of a significant deviation from purely technical forecasts. A theoretical model explains forecasting interference through government corruption. The data broadly supports the model, and the results are robust to alternative explanations. The paper also constructs three indices-transparency, formality, and organizational simplicity-that characterize revenue-forecasting practices, and assesses their effectiveness in producing an upfront-that is, timely-budget envelope. More transparent and simple forecasting processes lead to early budget constraints, while formality has no measurable effect.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/2

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860214/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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