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Fiscal Policy for Development

Poverty, Reconstruction and Growth

Fiscal policy is critical to the development of poor countries. Public spending on pro-poor services and public goods must be increased, tax revenues must be mobilized, and macro-economic stabilization must be achieved without inhibiting growth, poverty reduction and post-conflict reconstruction. This book provides both a comprehensive and balanced guide to the current policy debate and new results on the development impact of fiscal policies. It is essential reading for students of development economics as well as all those seeking to improve policy-effectiveness.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    Tony Addison, Alan R. Roe
  2. The Macroeconomics of Fiscal Policy in Developing Countries
    Raghbendra Jha
    Working Paper
    | Macroeconomics of Fiscal Policy in Developing Countries
  3. Fiscal Policy Design in Low-Income Countries
    Christopher S. Adam, David L. Bevan
    Working Paper
    | Fiscal Policy Design in Low-Income Countries
  4. Fiscal Effects of Aid
    Mark McGillivray, Oliver Morrissey
    Working Paper
    | Fiscal Effects of Aid
  5. Changing Approaches to Public Expenditure Management in Low-income Aid Dependent Countries
    Adrian Fozzard, Mick Foster
    Working Paper
    | Changing Approaches to Public Expenditure Management in Low-Income Aid Dependent Countries
  6. Taxation Policy in Low-Income Countries
    Christopher J. Heady
    Working Paper
    | Taxation Policy in Low-Income Countries
  7. Fiscal Policy in a Growth Framework
    Norman Gemmell
    Working Paper
    | Fiscal Policy in a Growth Framework
  8. Fiscal Policy and Private Investment in Less Developed Countries
    Niels Hermes, Robert Lensink
    Working Paper
    | Fiscal Policy and Private Investment in Less Developed Countries
  9. Assessing the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty
    Andy McKay
    Working Paper
    | Assessing the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty
  10. Efficiency of Public Spending: New Microeconomic Tools to Assess Service Delivery
    Ritva Reinikka, Jakob Svensson
    Working Paper
    | Explaining Leakage of Public Funds
  11. Welfare Implications of Fiscal Reform: The Case of Food Subsidies in India
    Sonia Bhalotra
    Working Paper
    | Welfare Implications of Fiscal Reform
  12. The Fiscal Dimensions of Conflict and Reconstruction
    Tony Addison, Abdur Chowdhury, Mansoob Murshed
    Working Paper
    | The Fiscal Dimensions of Conflict and Reconstruction
  13. Fiscal Policy, Conflict, and Reconstruction in Burundi and Rwanda
    Léonce Ndikumana
    Working Paper
    | Fiscal Policy, Conflict, and Reconstruction in Burundi and Rwanda
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Endorsements

'This book stands out in two ways. First, this is cutting edge research. The list of authors reads as a Who’s Who? in the field of fiscal policy analysis in developing countries and the quality of the contributions is very high. Second, the volume moves well beyond the traditional topics. Novel issues include the design of new tax systems when the state is very weak, the fiscal implications of war, assessing the impact of fiscal policy on poverty, and the effect of tax choices on economic growth.' - Jan Willem Gunning, Professor, Free University, Amsterdam

'Researchers and policy analysts will find this book to be an excellent basis for thinking about a number of difficult fiscal, tax, and budgetary issues facing developing economies. The readings are of high quality and relevant to current policy analysis. The papers contained in this book scream out to policy makers as to why better budgetary practices as outlined in this book are not commonly adopted throughout the world.' - Jack Mintz, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute, Toronto