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Budget Institutions and Fiscal Performance in Africa

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  • Sophia Gollwitzer

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This paper develops an index measuring the adequacy of the institutions, rules and procedures governing the budget process in forty-six African countries, presenting the most comprehensive analysis of African budget institutions hitherto conducted. The index includes the three stages of the budget process: negotiation, legislative approval and implementation. At each stage the quality of the budget process is measured along five criteria: centralisation, rules and controls, sustainability and credibility, comprehensiveness and transparency. A wide dispersion in institutional quality is found across the continent. Furthermore, an empirical analysis based on OLS estimations shows that better budget institutions are associated with lower public external debt and a higher primary budget balance. Copyright 2011 The author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com, Oxford University Press.

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  • Sophia Gollwitzer, 2011. "Budget Institutions and Fiscal Performance in Africa," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 20(1), pages 111-152, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:20:y:2011:i:1:p:111-152
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    1. Tapsoba, René, 2012. "Do National Numerical Fiscal Rules really shape fiscal behaviours in developing countries? A treatment effect evaluation," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 1356-1369.
    2. Sanjeev Gupta & Sami Yläoutinen, 2014. "Budget Institutions in Low-Income Countries; Lessons from G-20," IMF Working Papers 14/164, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Lledó, Victor & Poplawski-Ribeiro, Marcos, 2013. "Fiscal Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 79-91.
    4. Babacar Sarr, 2016. "What Are the Drivers of Fiscal Performance Gaps between Anglophone and Francophone Africa? A Blinder–Oaxaca Decomposition," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 84(1), pages 40-62, March.
    5. Corinne Deléchat & Ejona Fuli & Dafina Glaser & Gustavo Ramirez & Rui Xu, 2015. "Exiting From Fragility in sub-Saharan Africa; The Role of Fiscal Policies and Fiscal Institutions," IMF Working Papers 15/268, International Monetary Fund.
    6. Jean-Louis Combes & Alexandru Minea & René Tapsoba, 2012. "Inflation Targeting and Fiscal Rules: Do Interactions and Sequence of Adoption Matter?," Working Papers halshs-00714243, HAL.
    7. Jean-Louis Combes & Xavier Debrun & Alexandru Minea & Rene Tapsoba, 2014. "Inflation Targeting and Fiscal Rules; Do Interactions and Sequencing Matter?," IMF Working Papers 14/89, International Monetary Fund.
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