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Fiscal policy in the face of long-term expenditure uncertainties

Peter Heller and David Hauner ()

International Tax and Public Finance, 2006, vol. 13, issue 4, 325-350

Abstract: A number of uncertainties about long-term expenditure commitments in industrial countries are examined: (i) the assumptions underlying the projections, (ii) the potential to further reduce non-age-related expenditures, (iii) the implicitly assumed absence of “shocks,” and (iv) the potential for raising revenue. This paper concludes that (i) there is scope, but within narrow limits, to reduce non-age-related expenditures; (ii) fiscal policy frameworks tend to understate risks; and (iii) prevailing tax rates leave little room for increasing taxation in the countries facing the strongest aging pressures. In sum, governments will have to adopt a much more ambitious fiscal policy stance to cope with aging populations. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

Keywords: Public expenditures; Fiscal sustainability; Fiscal frameworks; Aging (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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