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Second-Generation Fiscal Rules; Balancing Simplicity, Flexibility, and Enforceability

Luc Eyraud, Xavier Debrun (), Andrew Hodge, Victor Duarte Lledo and Catherine A Pattillo

No 2018/004, IMF Staff Discussion Notes from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: Fiscal rule frameworks have evolved significantly in response to the global financial crisis. Many countries have reformed their fiscal rules or introduced new ones with a view to enhancing the credibility of fiscal policy and providing a medium-term anchor. Enforcement and monitoring mechanisms have also been upgraded. However, these innovations have made the systems of rules more complicated to operate, while compliance has not improved. The SDN takes stock of past experiences, reviews recent reforms, and presents new research on the effectiveness of rules. It also proposes guiding principles for future reforms to strike a better balance between simplicity, flexibility, and enforceability. Read the blog

Keywords: Fiscal rules; Fiscal policy; Fiscal stance; Fiscal governance; Budget planning and preparation; SDN,fiscal rule,business cycle,deficit bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 132
Date: 2018-04-13
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