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Managing Revenue Volatility in a Small Island Economy; The Case of Kiribati


  • Catriona Purfield


The formulation of fiscal policy in Kiribati faces unusual challenges. Kiribati's revenue base is among the most volatile in the world, and it possesses sizeable financial assets. Drawing on lessons from some other countries who experience high volatility in their revenues, this paper proposes a fiscal policy rule for Kiribati which is nested within a medium-term macroeconomic framework that aims to ensure the sustainable use of Kiribati's financial assets while managing the impact of extreme revenue volatility. It also discusses improvements in the institutional fiscal policy framework that could support such a framework.

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  • Catriona Purfield, 2005. "Managing Revenue Volatility in a Small Island Economy; The Case of Kiribati," IMF Working Papers 05/154, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/154

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    1. World Bank Group & New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Overseas Development Institute, 2016. "Strengthening Public Financial Management Reform in Pacific Island Countries," World Bank Other Operational Studies 25070, The World Bank.
    2. Paulo A Medas & Eric Le Borgne, 2007. "Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Pacific Island Countries; Macro-Fiscal Linkages," IMF Working Papers 07/297, International Monetary Fund.
    3. International Monetary Fund, 2006. "Kingdom of the Netherlands—Netherlands; Selected Issues," IMF Staff Country Reports 06/284, International Monetary Fund.


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