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Fiscal policy in low-income Africa

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This paper reviews the literature and country experience on the macroeconomics of fiscal policy in low income Africa. Given the experience of the 70's and 80's, the ultimate focus of the discussion must be the interaction of fiscal policy with the challenges of stabilization and structural adjustment. Two dominant themes emerge for fiscal policy. The first is the importance of overall fiscal restraint as a precondition for success of stabilization and structural adjustment efforts. The second is the importance of improved public sector performance in delivering infrastructural services.

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  • O'Connell, Steven, 1988. "Fiscal policy in low-income Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 39, The World Bank.
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    1. Catsambas, Thanos & Pigato, Miria, 1989. "The consistency of government deficits with macroeconomic adjustment : an application to Kenya and Ghana," Policy Research Working Paper Series 287, The World Bank.

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