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Performance of Fiscal Accounts in South Africa in a Cross-Country Setting

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  • Burcu Aydin

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This paper analyzes the cyclical fluctuations in South Africa in a cross-country context, and studies the impact of the output gap by controlling for export intensity, the debt burden, asset prices, and banking crises. Results show that South Africa’s revenue performance was outstanding during the mid-2000s, and the recent decline in revenue was one of the least among the emerging and advanced markets. Results on the elasticity of tax revenue show that South Africa’s elasticity is higher during business upturns, indicating good prospects for recovering the revenue lost during the global financial crisis.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 10/217.

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Length: 19
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:10/217

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Keywords: Economic models; Fiscal analysis; Revenues; Tax collection; Tax revenues; tax revenue; financial crisis; global financial crisis; revenue collection; fiscal accounts; systemic banking crisis; tax rates; budget balances; global economic crisis; banking crisis; recession; economic crisis; banking crises; fiscal balances; fiscal policies; fiscal policy; global recession; budget balance; tax policy; public finance; fiscal stabilizers; fiscal revenue; tax base; structural budget balance; fiscal performance; financial indicators; fiscal balance; government revenue;

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  1. Charl Jooste & Ruthira Naraidoo, 2010. "Nonlinear Tax Elasticities And Their Implications For The Structural Budget Balance," Working Papers 201022, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
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