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Structural Deficits in Czech Public Finances


  • Aleš Kreidl
  • Onøej Schneider


The paper analyzes the fiscal position of Czech public budgets. It focuses on the structural and the cyclical parts of the budget deficits and concludes that public budgets were in structural deficit as early as 1994. The authors propose three methods toward estimating the potential output of the Czech economy and demonstrate how these estimates lead to different conclusions vis-a-vis fiscal policy. Their analysis shows that the Czech economy under-performs with respect to its perceived convergence with the European Union. The authors also adjust the official budget numbers for one-off privatization revenues. These revenues considered, public budgets appear significantly less balanced, and recent practice suggests a mounting budgetary dependence on privatization revenues.

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  • Aleš Kreidl & Onøej Schneider, 2000. "Structural Deficits in Czech Public Finances," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 50(3), pages 160-174, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:50:y:2000:i:3:p:160-174

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    fiscal policy; budget deficits; structural deficit; output gap; potential growth; convergence;

    JEL classification:

    • E39 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Other
    • H69 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Other
    • P35 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Public Finance


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