Fiscal Monitor Database of Country Fiscal Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

IMF Fiscal Affairs Department
October, 2020

About this Dataset: This database summarizes key fiscal measures governments have announced or taken in selected economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as of September 11, 2020, expanding the country coverage from the Annex in April 2020 Fiscal Monitor. The database categorizes different types of fiscal support (for example, above-the-line and below-the-line measures, and contingent liabilities) that have different implications for public finances in the near term and beyond. Please refer to Box 1.1 of the April 2020 Fiscal Monitor for details. The database is not meant for classifying the measures for fiscal reporting, nor for comparison across economies as responses vary depending on country-specific circumstances, including the impact of the pandemic and other shocks. It focuses on government discretionary measures that supplement existing automatic stabilizers. These existing stabilizers differ across countries in their breadth and scope. Estimates included here are preliminary as governments are taking additional measures or finalizing the details of individual measures. The information does not represent views of the IMF on the measures listed. Please see IMF Policy Tracker for information on a broader range of economies and their monetary and financial policies.

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Additional Spending and Forgone Revenue in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
(Percent of GDP)

Budgetary fiscal support to people and firms has varied widely across countries.

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Discretionary Fiscal Response to the COVID-19 Crisis in Selected Economies
(Percent of GDP)

Advanced economies

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Emerging market and middle-income countries

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Low-income developing countries

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Sources: Database of Country Fiscal Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic; and IMF staff estimates.

Note: The timeframe for the announced measures is country-specific, but the bulk of the measures announced so far are short-term crisis-response measures to be implemented in 2020-21. Country group averages are weighted by GDP in US dollars adjusted by purchasing power parity. Data labels use International Organization for Standardization country codes. AEs = advanced economies; EMMIEs = emerging market and middle-income economies; LIDCs = low-income developing countries.

Contact: The dataset is maintained by the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department. It is an ongoing project and we welcome suggestions to enhance coverage. Please send your comments, suggestions, and queries to IMF-Fiscal_CovidData@imf.org.