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Managing and Controlling Extrabudgetary Funds

Dimitar Radev

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Richard Allen

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Janurary 2007

IMF Working Paper No. 06/286

This paper addresses issues relating to the establishment and financial management of extrabudgetary funds (EBFs), a large group of government entities that on average accounts for 40 to 45 percent of central government expenditure-two-thirds of which represents social security funds-in countries at various stages of development. If improperly designed and managed, EBFs can undermine effective fiscal control. However, they also bring potential benefits in the form of greater autonomy of decision-making in countries with well-established governance and financial management systems that have applied the "agency model" of devolved public management and fiscal control. The paper develops a typology of EBFs and argues that EBFs are frequently created because of failures in the budget system and political economy factors that need to be recognized and, where possible, corrected. The paper recommends that data on EBFs be consolidated within a unified system of fiscal reporting and proposes an analytical framework that governments might use to evaluate the effectiveness and utility of their EBFs.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: Public finance, Government expenditures, Government accounting, Fiscal management

JEL Classification: E62, H29, H59, H61

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Date posted: January 12, 2007  

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Radev, Dimitar and Allen, Richard, Managing and Controlling Extrabudgetary Funds (Janurary 2007). IMF Working Paper No. 06/286. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=956750

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Dimitar Radev (Contact Author)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States
Richard Allen
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States
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