Aspects of Fiscal/Debt Management and Monetary Policy Interaction: The Recent Experience of Saudi Arabia

7 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2013

Date Written: October 1, 2012

Abstract

As Saudi Arabia’s oil export revenues constitute about 90% of its budget, its fiscal policy is largely a function of developments in the oil market. Over the years, a countercyclical fiscal stance has been used to reduce the volatility of domestic growth against the background of vacillating oil revenues. Given the structure of the economy, the need is to continue to encourage the private sector to assume a greater role in the country’s diversification efforts. Reflecting the dominance of fiscal policy in Saudi Arabia and its impact on economic growth, the primary aim of monetary policy is to assure exchange rate stability with a view to providing an environment that is conducive to financial stability and sustainable growth. The interaction between monetary and fiscal policy has changed in the current global economic and financial climate. Greater cooperation between the fiscal and monetary authorities has become indispensable in meeting macroeconomic objectives. It is envisaged that policy interaction can return to normal modes of operation as the global economic recovery takes hold.

Full publication: Fiscal Policy, Public Debt and Monetary Policy in Emerging Market Economies

Keywords: Saudi Arabia; experiences; fiscal; monetary; policy interactions; countercyclical; exchange rate; stability

JEL Classification: E32, E44, E52, E63, F31

Suggested Citation

Al-Hamidy, Abdulrahman, Aspects of Fiscal/Debt Management and Monetary Policy Interaction: The Recent Experience of Saudi Arabia (October 1, 2012). BIS Paper No. 67v, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205729 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2205729

Abdulrahman Al-Hamidy (Contact Author)

Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

Saudi Arabia

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