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Cyclically Adjusted Balance of Latvia's General Government Consolidated Budget

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  • Sigita Grundiza
  • Dainis Stikuts
  • Olegs Tkacevs

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This study estimates cyclically adjusted balances of Latvia's general government consolidated budget using methodologies of the ESCB and OECD and assesses the consistency of the implemented fiscal policy with the EU fiscal policy framework. During the period of rapid economic growth the Latvian government pursued fiscal expansion instead of ensuring budgetary consolidation in cyclically adjusted terms. Fiscal policy of the Latvian government has been inconsistent with the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact and has exerted an additional pressure on consumer prices and the current account.

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Paper provided by Latvijas Banka in its series Working Papers with number 2005/05.

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Date of creation: 22 Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ltv:wpaper:200505

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Keywords: cyclically adjusted budget balance; Stability and Growth Pact; pro-cyclical fiscal policy; budgetary elasticity;

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  1. Bouthevillain, Carine & Cour-Thimann, Philippine & van de Dool, Gerrit & Hernández de Cos, Pablo & Langenus, Geert & Mohr, Matthias & Momigliano, Sandro & Tujula, Mika, 2001. "Cyclically adjusted budget balances: an alternative approach," Working Paper Series 0077, European Central Bank.
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  7. Paul van den Noord, 2000. "The Size and Role of Automatic Fiscal Stabilizers in the 1990s and Beyond," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 230, OECD Publishing.
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