Expenditure Issues and Governance in Central America
32 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2006
Date Written: November 2002
This paper analyzes Central America's track record on inequality, poverty, and quality of fiscal adjustment in relation to economic growth; health and education outcomes; adequacy of social safety nets; and governance. It then assesses the degree to which the track record can be traced to reforms in public expenditure and governance. Despite the considerable heterogeneity among the countries in the region, there are some policies that all countries need to pursue. Sustained growth and a better quality of fiscal adjustment are needed, as well as policies aimed at increasing individuals' productivity and improving governance.
Keywords: Expenditure issues, fiscal adjustment, poverty, inequality, health, education, social safety nets, governance, Central America
JEL Classification: H5, I00, O54, O57
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