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Fiscal Sustainability in Developing Asia


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  • Adams, Charles

    (National University of Singapore)

  • Ferrarini, Benno

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Park, Donghyun

    (Asian Development Bank)


The central objective of this paper is to empirically examine the issue of fiscal sustainability in developing Asia. To do so, we first diagnose the region’s public finances by analyzing the evolution of key fiscal indicators over time and across subregions. We then estimate fiscal policy response functions that measure the adjustment of the primary fiscal balance to public debt positions. Overall, our results indicate that the region’s public finances are in good shape as a result of responsible fiscal behavior. Nevertheless, failure to withdraw the region’s anticrisis fiscal stimulus in a timely manner may jeopardize fiscal sustainability, bolstering the case for strong medium-term fiscal policy frameworks.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series ADB Economics Working Paper Series with number 205.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbewp:0205

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Keywords: Fiscal sustainability; Asia; fiscal policy; fiscal balance; public debt;

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Cited by:
  1. Masahiro Kawai & Peter J. Morgan, 2013. "Long-term Issues for Fiscal Sustainability in Emerging Asia," Public Policy Review, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Japan, vol. 9(4), pages 751-770, September.
  2. Roy, Rathin, 2014. "Room at the Top: An Overview of Fiscal Space, Fiscal Policy and Inclusive Growth in Developing Asia," Working Papers 14/135, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.


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