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Trends in Public Finance: Insights from a New Detailed Dataset

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  • Debra Bloch
  • Jean-Marc Fournier
  • Duarte Gonçalves

    (ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon)

  • Álvaro Pina

Abstract

To investigate how public finances could best be designed to promote long-run growth and address inequality, it is essential to have comprehensive, cross-country comparable data on government spending and revenues, along with structural and policy indicators. By identifying key variables of public finance across as many OECD countries as possible, and with a time series element to allow for longitudinal analysis, the OECD Public Finance Dataset provides a detailed data set to contribute to an evidence-based debate on shaping growth-enhancing and equality-promoting fiscal policies. Characteristics of both country groupings and individual country public finance profiles are highlighted as examples of the potential of these data to provide policy insights. Tendances des finances publiques à la lumière d’une nouvelle base de données Pour étudier la façon dont les finances publiques pourraient être mieux conçues pour promouvoir la croissance à long terme et remédier aux inégalités, il est essentiel d'avoir des données complètes et comparables entre les pays sur les dépenses et les recettes publiques, ainsi que des indicateurs structurels et politiques. En identifiant les variables clés des finances publiques parmi autant de pays de l'OCDE que possible, et avec une dimension temporelle pour permettre une analyse longitudinale, la base de données de finances publiques de l’OCDE fournit des données détaillées pour contribuer à un débat fondé sur les faits au sujet des politiques budgétaires favorisant la croissance et de l'égalité. Les caractéristiques de groupes de pays et de profils de finances publiques par pays sont mises en avant comme des exemples du potentiel de ces données pour fournir un éclairage sur les politiques budgétaires.

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  • Debra Bloch & Jean-Marc Fournier & Duarte Gonçalves & Álvaro Pina, 2016. "Trends in Public Finance: Insights from a New Detailed Dataset," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1345, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1345-en
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    Cited by:

    1. Jean-Marc Fournier, 2016. "The Positive Effect of Public Investment on Potential Growth," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1347, OECD Publishing.
    2. Oguzhan Akgun & David Bartolini & Boris Cournède, 2017. "The capacity of governments to raise taxes," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1407, OECD Publishing.
    3. repec:euf:pfremu:pfr-2017-01 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Boris Cournède & Jean-Marc Fournier & Peter Hoeller, 2018. "Public finance structure and inclusive growth," OECD Economic Policy Papers 25, OECD Publishing.
    5. Åsa Johansson, 2016. "Public Finance, Economic Growth and Inequality: A Survey of the Evidence," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1346, OECD Publishing.
    6. repec:idb:idbbks:9152 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Debra Bloch & Jean-Marc Fournier, 2018. "The deterioration of the public spending mix during the global financial crisis: Insights from new indicators," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1465, OECD Publishing.
    8. Oguzhan Akgun & Boris Cournède & Jean-Marc Fournier, 2017. "The effects of the tax mix on inequality and growth," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1447, OECD Publishing.
    9. repec:vrn:journl:y:2017:i:3:p:281-290 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. Jean-Marc Fournier & Åsa Johansson, 2016. "The Effect of the Size and the Mix of Public Spending on Growth and Inequality," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1344, OECD Publishing.
    11. Robert Hagemann, 2018. "Tax Policies for Inclusive Growth: Prescription versus Practice," OECD Economic Policy Papers 24, OECD Publishing.

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    Keywords

    COFOG; inclusive growth; public finance; public spending; taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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