Fiscal Policy for Development: Poverty, Reconstruction and Growth

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"It seems that with each new book it issues, UNU-WIDER further establishes its reputation as the intellectual leader among international organisations."—John Weeks, University of London
"A very timely book. It represents the most comprehensive treatment to date of ways to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of poverty reduction, while at the same time maintaining the ongoing objectives of macro stabilization, accelerating growth and institutional reform. The result is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of a balanced approach to designing a poverty reduction fiscal policy programme. UNU-WIDER continues to set the agenda for development policy research for the new millennium."—Robin Boadway, Queen's University
'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, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Fiscal policy is a core ingredient of adjustment policy in developing countries be it adjustment to liberalisation, post-conflict reconstruction or growth promotion. This volume contains an excellent collection of studies which probe all aspects of fiscal policy. It should prove to be an invaluable reference for students, researchers and analysts.' - David Greenaway, University of Nottingham
'This volume represents a clear, in-depth analysis of many aspects of fiscal policy and its relationship to the development of poor countries. The book consists of high-quality contributions by authors who are recognised experts in their fields. The coverage of topics is very comprehensive indeed...ranging from the macroeconomics to the microeconomics of fiscal policy, and from public expenditure management through to taxation policy. The volume also tackles major issues of current concern head-on, such as the impact of fiscal policy on poverty and the fiscal policy implications of conflict and reconstruction. By so clearly synthesising the results of the latest research and identifying the main unresolved questions the book is bound to stimulate a more informed debate. I strongly recommend this exciting book to graduate students, researchers and policymakers alike.' - Jeffery Round, University of Warwick
'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
'Sustainable development in low-income countries cannot occur without a prior improvement of their fiscal institutions. This important book analyses thoroughly the various facets of this problem, and makes some definite contributions that will help the development community redirect its analytical efforts in the right direction.' - Jean-Paul Azam, Université de Sciences Sociales, Toulouse, France
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Meet the Author

Tony Addison is Deputy Director of the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki.

Alan Roe is a Director of Oxford Policy Management in the UK and a former Principal Economist at the World Bank.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The macroeconomics of fiscal policy in developing countries 24
3 Fiscal policy design in low-income countries 46
4 Fiscal effects of aid 72
5 Changing approaches to public expenditure management in low-income aid-dependent countries 97
6 Taxation policy in low-income countries 130
7 Fiscal policy in a growth framework 149
8 Fiscal policy and private investment in less developed countries 177
9 Assessing the impact of fiscal policy on poverty 199
10 Efficiency of public spending : new microeconomic tools to assess service delivery 218
11 Welfare implications of fiscal reform : the case of food subsidies in India 237
12 The fiscal dimensions of conflict and reconstruction 260
13 Fiscal policy, conflict and reconstruction in Burundi and Rwanda 274
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