Fiscal Rules Dataset

1985 - 2015

IMF Fiscal Affairs Department
March, 2017

Quick references: Selected papers and databases that take stock of cross-country experiences with fiscal rules can be found below.

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Quick references

• Debrun, X., L. Moulin, A. Turrini, J. Ayuso-i-Casals and M. S. Kumar (2008), "Tied to the Mast? National Fiscal Rules in the European Union," Economic Policy, April 2008, pp. 299-362.

• Schäechter, Andrea, T.Kinda, N. Budina, and A. Weber (2012), Fiscal Rules in Response to the Crisis-Toward the 'Next-Generation' Rules. A New Dataset, IMF Working Paper No. 12/187 (Washington: International Monetary Fund).

• Cordes, Till, T.Kinda, P. Muthoora, and A. Weber (2015), Expenditure Rules: Effective Tools for Sound Fiscal Policy, IMF Working Paper No. 15/29 (Washington: International Monetary Fund).

• Eyraud, Luc, and Tao Wu (2015), "Playing by the Rules: Reforming Fiscal Governance in Europe" IMF Working Paper 15/67 (Washington: International Monetary Fund).

• Reuter, Wolf H. (2015), National Numerical Fiscal Rules: Not Complied With, But Still Effective? European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 39 (April), Issue C, pp. 67-81.

• European Commission, Domestic Fiscal Governance Database

• Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Budget Practices and Procedures Database

• Kopits, G. and S. Symansky (1998), Fiscal Rules, IMF Occasional Paper 162.

• Kumar, M., E. Baldacci, A. Schaechter, A., C. Caceres, D. Kim, X. Debrun, J. Escolano, J. Jonas, P. Karam, I. Yakadina, and R. Zymek (2009), Fiscal Rules-Anchoring Expectations for Sustainable Public Finances, IMF Staff Paper, (Washington: International Monetary Fund).

• Wyplosz, C. (2012), Fiscal Rules: Theoretical Issues and Historical Experiences, NBER Working Paper No. w17884.

• European Commission. Vade Mecum on the Stability and Growth Pact, 2016 Edition", Institutional Paper 021.

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

• Kufa, P., A. Pellechio, and Rizavi, S. (2003)," Fiscal Sustainability and Policy Issues in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union," IMF Working Paper 03/162 (Washington: International Monetary Fund)

• Schipke, A. (2012)," Snapshot of Another Monetary Union," Finance and Development, March 2012 (Washington: International Monetary Fund)

• Iossifov, P., Kinoshita, N., Takebe, M., York, R. C., and Zhan, Z. (2009), "Improving Surveillance Across the CEMAC Region," IMF Working Paper 09/260 (Washington: International Monetary Fund)

• Dore, O., and Masson, P. R. (2002), "Experience with Budgetary Convergence in the WAEMU," IMF Working Paper 02/108 (Washington: International Monetary Fund)

• West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)

• Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC)