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Fiscal Transparency and Economic Outcomes

  • International Monetary Fund

This paper develops indices of fiscal transparency for a broad range of countries based on the IMF's Code of Good Practices on Fiscal Transparency, using data derived from published fiscal transparency modules of the Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSCs). The indices covers four clusters of fiscal transparency practices: data assurances, medium-term budgeting, budget execution reporting, and fiscal risk disclosures. More transparent countries are shown to have better credit ratings, better fiscal discipline, and less corruption, after controlling for other socioeconomic variables.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/225.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2005
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