Stabilization and Savings Funds to Manage Natural Resource Revenues: Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Versus Norway
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy; CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research
Comparative Economic Studies, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 35-56, 2011
Do the sovereign wealth funds of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan promote the sustainable use of government oil revenues? We review the operational rules and performance of the two funds and compare them to Norway's Government Pension Fund – Global. The key challenges are to stabilize government expenditures despite volatile resource prices, build up a capital stock to draw on after the resource is depleted, and to save and spend resource revenues transparently. We conclude that the institutional framework of a resource fund may indeed enhance transparency and public scrutiny, limit discretionary control, and sustain public support for long-term savings of resource revenues.
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Date posted: February 28, 2011
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