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Fiscal sustainability and solvency: theory and recent experience in Indonesia


  • Stephen Marks


A major challenge for Indonesian economic policy makers is to avoid the recurrence of conditions that could trigger a new economic crisis. One of the important dimensions of this challenge will be to conduct fiscal policy in a way that is sustainable, given the level of interest rates and the rate of growth of the economy. This paper synthesises various approaches to the measurement of fiscal sustainability that have appeared in the economic literature, relates these measures to the fundamental concept of fiscal solvency, and applies the framework to Indonesia over the period 1991-2003. The domestic and foreign debt positions of the central government are treated separately, to capture the influence of exchange rate changes on the relative costs of domestic and foreign borrowing. The empirical analysis indicates that Indonesia has met the fiscal sustainability criterion in recent years, except when the rupiah has depreciated heavily.

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  • Stephen Marks, 2004. "Fiscal sustainability and solvency: theory and recent experience in Indonesia," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 227-242.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bindes:v:40:y:2004:i:2:p:227-242
    DOI: 10.1080/0007491042000205295

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    1. Hui, Hon Chung, 2013. "Fiscal sustainability in Malaysia: a re-examination," MPRA Paper 80018, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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