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Front-Loaded or Back-Loaded Fiscal Adjustments

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  • Benedict J. Clements
  • Sanjeev Gupta
  • Emanuele Baldacci
  • Carlos Mulas-Granados

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This paper investigates the political and economic determinants of successful fiscal adjustment in 25 emerging market economies from 1980 to 2001. The results show that large and back-loaded fiscal adjustments have the highest likelihood of success. Fiscal consolidations based on expenditure cuts increase the probability of approaching and achieving fiscal sustainability but are insufficient to maintain it unless accompanied by revenue reforms. Adjustment episodes launched in countries where governments enjoy a parliamentary majority and do not face imminent elections, are found to be more successful. Fiscal consolidations undertaken under IMF-supported programs also have a higher probability of success.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/157.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/157

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Keywords: Emerging markets; Transition economies; Economic models; Structural adjustment; fiscal adjustments; fiscal adjustment; fiscal sustainability; probability; statistics; budget balance; fiscal policy; primary budget balance; equation; fiscal consolidations; public debt; fiscal position; fiscal consolidation; dummy variable; fiscal affairs department; fiscal balance; fiscal affairs; expenditure cuts; descriptive statistics; primary fiscal balance; sample mean; public finances; fiscal adjustment episodes; budget deficits; statistical significance; fiscal conditions; equations; fiscal target; fiscal imbalances; fiscal contractions; spending cuts; simultaneous equations; public spending; fiscal policies; fiscal balances; discrete change; fiscal expansion; tax administration; independent variables; budgetary position; fiscal consolidation episodes; discretionary fiscal policy; tax base; fiscal behavior; public finance; composition of public spending; budgetary process; outliers; budget process; estimation procedure; fiscal stance; fiscal retrenchment; autocorrelation; fiscal vulnerability; fiscal imbalance; fragmented fiscal policy; fiscal discipline; budgetary consolidation; fiscal adjustment efforts; expenditure policy; tax reforms; fiscal decentralization; fiscal control; fiscal deficit; fiscal adjustment in transition;

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Cited by:
  1. Lavigne, Robert, 2011. "The political and institutional determinants of fiscal adjustment: Entering and exiting fiscal distress," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 17-35, March.
  2. Ratna Sahay & Rishi Goyal, 2006. "Volatility and Growth in Latin America," IMF Working Papers 06/287, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Robert Lavigne, 2006. "The Institutional and Political Determinants of Fiscal Adjustment," Working Papers 06-1, Bank of Canada.
  4. Taimur Baig & Abdul Abiad, 2005. "Underlying Factors Driving Fiscal Effort in Emerging Market Economies," IMF Working Papers 05/106, International Monetary Fund.

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