Fiscal Policy in Latin America: Better after All?

24 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2011

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Christian Daude

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Ángel Melguizo

AT&T Latin America

Alejandro Neut

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper analyses fiscal policy for several economies in Latin America, from the early nineties to the 2009 crisis. We present original estimates of cyclically-adjusted public revenues for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay implementing the standardised OECD methodology and extending it to include commodity cycles, which have a direct and significant effect on the fiscal balance of several Latin American countries. Based on these estimates, we evaluate the size of automatic tax stabilisers and the cyclicality of discretionary fiscal policy. Additionally, we highlight the uncertainty stemming from the estimation of the output gap, due to large and simultaneous cyclical, temporary and permanent shocks in several Latin American economies.

Keywords: fiscal policy, business cycle, public finances, structural balance

JEL Classification: E62, H30, H60

Suggested Citation

Daude, Christian and Melguizo, Ángel and Neut, Alejandro, Fiscal Policy in Latin America: Better after All? (2010). Economics Discussion Paper No. 2010-24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1749077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1749077

Christian Daude (Contact Author)

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) ( email )

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Ángel Melguizo

AT&T Latin America ( email )

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Colombia

Alejandro Neut

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics ( email )

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E52-391
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

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