Fiscal Indulgence in Central Europe: Loss of the External Anchor?
23 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006
Date Written: April 2004
In recent years, fiscal performance in Central Europe has steadily deteriorated, in contrast to the improvement in the Baltics. This paper explores the determinants of such differences among countries slated for EU accession. Regression estimates suggest that economic and institutional fundamentals do not provide a full explanation. An alternative explanation lies in the political economy of the accession process, and a game-theoretic model illustrates why a country with a stronger bargaining position might have an incentive to deviate from convergence to the Maastricht criteria. The model generates alternative fiscal policy regimesallowing for regime shiftsdepending on country characteristics and EU policies.
Keywords: Fiscal policy, EU economic and monetary union, game-theoretic approach
JEL Classification: H6, C70
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