What should fiscal councils do?
AbstractFiscal councils now exist in a number of countries.� This paper first considers the extent of deficit bias, potential explanations for it, and how independent institutions could help reduce it.� Are fiscal councils complements to or substitutes for fiscal rules, and why do none at� present have any formal control over fiscal decisions?� The paper then outlines the specific tasks that a fiscal council might undertake, and examines how these are combined in eleven fiscal councils.� A more detailed examination is undertaken of the fiscal councils in Sweden and the UK.� The paper draws some conclusions on the role of fiscal forecasting, ensuring independence, and the provision of policy advice.
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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
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Fiscal policy; Debt; Deficit bias; Fiscal council;
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- E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
- E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
- E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes
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- NEP-ALL-2011-03-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBA-2011-03-12 (Central Banking)
- NEP-EEC-2011-03-12 (European Economics)
- NEP-MAC-2011-03-12 (Macroeconomics)
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