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Do National Numerical Fiscal Rules Really Shape Fiscal Behaviours in Developing Countries? A Treatment Effect Evaluation

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  • René TAPSOBA

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    (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International)

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This paper analyses the effect of National Numerical Fiscal Rules (FRs) upon fiscal discipline in 74 developing countries over the period 1990-2007. It is the first study that assesses the impact of FRs on budgetary outcomes while controlling for the self-selection problem. It finds that the effect of FRs on structural fiscal balance is significantly positive, robust to a variety of alternative specifications, and varies with the type of FRs. It also finds that the treatment effect differs according to countries characteristics: number of FRs, time length since FRs adoption, presence of supranational FRs, government fractionalisation and government stability.

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Paper provided by CERDI in its series Working Papers with number 201204.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cdi:wpaper:1323

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Keywords: Fiscal rules; Fiscal discipline; Treatment effect; Propensity Scores-Matching; developing countries;

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  1. Chakraborty, Pinaki & Dash, Bharatee Bhusana, 2013. "Fiscal Reforms, Fiscal Rule and Development Spending: How Indian States have Performed?," Working Papers 13/122, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.

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