Yet Another Fiscal Indicator
The paper presents a fiscal indicator that uses the fiscal situation of the previous year as a benchmark. Different revenue and expenditure items have their own of rules by which the cyclical and discretionary changes are determined. An important step in constructing the new indicator is the estimation of the tax elasticities and the elasticity of social benefits with respect to unemployment. Linking different taxes to different tax bases, and not directly to GDP, seems to be a crucial contributing factor in understanding the developments in the early 1990s in Finland. The relevant tax bases for the main taxes responded with lag both when the recession started and when the boom started. The results obtained with the new indicator are compared with analogous results given by the OECD methodology. While the two indicators give a rather similar picture of the tightness of the fiscal policy in the 1980s, large differences occur especially in 1991 and 1993.
|Date of creation:||19 Jan 2000|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Phone: +358 295 519 400
Fax: +358 295 519 599
Web page: http://www.vatt.fi/Email:
More information through EDIRC
|Order Information:|| Email: |
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Olivier Jean Blanchard, 1990. "Suggestions for a New Set of Fiscal Indicators," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 79, OECD Publishing.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:fer:dpaper:214. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Anita Niskanen)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.