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The Long-run Sustainability of Fiscal Policy in Mexico: A Generational Accounting Approach


  • Carlos Sales Sarrapy

    (Protego Investment Associates. México, D.F. Mexico)

  • Luis Videgaray Caso

    (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). México, D.F. Mexico)


This paper applies for the first time the generational accounting methodology to appraise the sustainability of current fiscal policies in Mexico. Generational accounting measures the consequences for future generations of current fiscal policies. Our main finding is that there is no evidence of a fiscal sustainability problem of the sort found for other countries in similar studies. The result is mainly due to favorable demographic dynamics over the coming decades and is robust to several alternative data assumptions. We conclude there is no evident need to raise overall taxes and that tax reform should focus on efficiency issues.

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  • Carlos Sales Sarrapy & Luis Videgaray Caso, 1999. "The Long-run Sustainability of Fiscal Policy in Mexico: A Generational Accounting Approach," Economía Mexicana NUEVA ÉPOCA, , vol. 0(2), pages 367-403, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:emc:ecomex:v:8:y:1999:i:2:p:367-403

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