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Resource Revenues and Fiscal Sustainability in Alberta

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  • Leslie Shiell

    () (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

  • Colin Busby

    () (C.D. Howe Institute)

Abstract

Alberta’s public finances depend upon volatile revenues from an exhaustible resource base. The question arises of what proportion of current resource revenues the government should spend on current priorities and what proportion it should save for future generations. The paper uses the Permanent Resource Income Model to answer the following four questions: Has Alberta saved enough of its resource revenues to date? What level of spending out of resource wealth is sustainable moving forward? What are the implications of a sustainable policy for the province’s current budget planning? Should Alberta follow Norway’s example of saving all of its resource revenues in a fund and spending only the resulting investment income?

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  • Leslie Shiell & Colin Busby, 2008. "Resource Revenues and Fiscal Sustainability in Alberta," Working Papers 0807E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:0807e
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    Keywords

    Natural resource revenues; Fiscal sustainability;

    JEL classification:

    • H6 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
    • Q33 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Resource Booms (Dutch Disease)

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