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Fiscal Rules for Subnational Governments. Some organizing principles and Latin American experiences

  • Miguel Braun

    (CIPPEC)

  • Mariano Tommasi

    (Universidad de San Andres)

In this paper we investigate the logic and the workings of fiscal rules, with focus on rules for subnational governments. We argue against a simplistic view that sees the writing of numerical limits on fiscal variables as the solution to fundamental fiscal problems. We suggest that international organizations should take a more comprehensive approach when dealing with the fiscal problems of developing countries. Such an approach requires a deep understanding of the determinants of undesirable fiscal outcomes in each particular case, which in turn requires some explicit political analysis.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 14 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0410004
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