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Off the Mark: Canada's 2008 Fiscal Accountability Ranking (also available in French)


  • Colin Busby

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

  • William B.P. Robson

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


Every year, legislators in Canada vote for budgets that set out targets for the coming fiscal year. But every year, governments tend to spend more than they promise at budget time. The result: accountability between legislators and voters breaks down. Canadians should demand better.

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  • Colin Busby & William B.P. Robson, 2008. "Off the Mark: Canada's 2008 Fiscal Accountability Ranking (also available in French)," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 112, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:backgr:112

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    1. Nada Eissa & Hilary W. Hoynes, 2006. "Behavioral Responses to Taxes: Lessons from the EITC and Labor Supply," NBER Chapters,in: Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 20, pages 73-110 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    fiscal policy; public accounts; Canadian federal; provincial and territorial governments fiscal accountability rankings;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures


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