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Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth : Lessons for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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  • Cheryl Gray
  • Tracey Lane
  • Aristomene Varoudakis

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This study explores public finance policies in the transition countries of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and their likely effects on economic growth. The analysis is organized in three parts. Part one reviews public finance systems across the ECA region with regard to overall size, structure of expenditures and revenues, and patterns of fiscal adjustment over time. It compares these patterns and trends in ECA countries against those in fast-growing economies in other regions, and it explores possible relationships between these public finance variables and rates of economic growth. Part two undertakes detailed analysis of public expenditures policies in four major areas: infrastructure, education, health, and pensions. Part three turns to the revenue side of the budget and looks in detail at two issues of particular importance in current policy debates: the impact of flat income tax reforms and the level and structure of taxes on labor.

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This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 6883 and published in 2007.

ISBN: 978-0-8213-7181-7
Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:6883

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Keywords: Public Sector Expenditure Analysis and Management Finance and Financial Sector Development - Debt Markets Governance - National Governance Public Sector Economics and Finance Public Sector Development;

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  1. Karsten Staehr, 2008. "Estimates of employment and welfare effects of personal labour income taxation in a flat-tax country : The case of Estonia," Bank of Estonia Working Papers 2008-03, Bank of Estonia, revised 30 Oct 2008.
  2. Debasis Bandyopadhyay & Xueli Tang, 2011. "Parental nurturing and adverse effects of redistribution," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 71-98, March.
  3. Richard Bird & Eric Zolt, 2007. "Tax Policy in Emerging Countries," International Tax Program Papers 0707, International Tax Program, Institute for International Business, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
  4. Lect.. Eugenia Ramona Mara Ph. D & Lect. Monica Achim Ph. D & Lect.. Angela Filip Ph. D, 2010. "Analysis Of The Taxation System In Romania In The Economic Crisis Context," Annals of University of Craiova - Economic Sciences Series, University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 2(38), pages 8, May.

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