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Public finances and economic transition

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  • Barbone, Luca
  • Polackova, Hana

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The authors analyze developments in general government spending and revenues for 26 former social economies for 1989-94. The data show that, rather than uniformly converting to a"Western European"norm, these reforming economies have followed a variety of patterns. Whether a country drifts toward heavy government spending seems to depend on its success at general economic reform and especially at dealing with the pressures for social protection. The authors empirically investigate spending patterns and the sustainability of revenues required to cover current government spending. They conclude that fiscal accounts will surely remain under pressure in most transition economies in the foreseeable future. They suggest involving the private sector in rationalizing and providing social services.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 1585.

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Keywords: Economic Theory&Research; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Environmental Economics&Policies; Payment Systems&Infrastructure; Public&Municipal Finance; National Governance; Economic Theory&Research; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Environmental Economics&Policies; Urban Economics;

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  1. Luca Barbone & Domenico Marchetti, 1995. "Transition and the fiscal crisis in Central Europe," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 3(1), pages 59-74, 03.
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  1. Tilman Brück1 & Alexander Danzer & Alexander Muravyev & Natalia Weißhaar, 2007. "Determinants Of Poverty During Transition: Household Survey Evidence From Ukraine," PRUS Working Papers 40, Poverty Research Unit at Sussex, University of Sussex.
  2. Fakin, Barbara & de Crombrugghe, Alain, 1997. "Field adjustments in transition economies : social transfers and the efficiency of public spending - a comparison with OECD countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1803, The World Bank.
  3. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Robert McNab, 2000. "Tax Reform in The Tax Reform Experiment in Transitional Countries," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0001, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  4. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Robert McNab, 1997. "Tax Reform in Transition Economies: Experiences and Lessons," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper9706, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  5. Brück, Tilman & Danzer, Alexander M. & Muravyev, Alexander & Weisshaar, Natalia, 2010. "Poverty during transition: Household survey evidence from Ukraine," Munich Reprints in Economics 19991, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  6. Barseghyan, Levon & Guerdjikova, Ani, 2011. "Institutions and growth in limited access societies," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 146(2), pages 528-568, March.
  7. World Bank, 2003. "Armenia : Public Expenditure Review," World Bank Other Operational Studies 13926, The World Bank.
  8. World Bank, 2003. "Public Expenditure Review for Armenia," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15086.
  9. Joanna Siwinska-Gorzelak, 2000. "Currency Crises and Fiscal Imbalances. The Transition Countries Perspective," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0219, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  10. Marek Dabrowski & Magdalena Tomczynska, 2001. "Tax Reforms in Transition Economies – a Mixed Record and Complex Future Agenda," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0231, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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