Fiscal Policy for Development
Poverty, Reconstruction and Growth
Fiscal policy is critical to the development of poor countries. Public spending on pro-poor services and public goods must be increased, tax revenues must be mobilized, and macro-economic stabilization must be achieved without inhibiting growth, poverty reduction and post-conflict reconstruction. This book provides both a comprehensive and balanced guide to the current policy debate and new results on the development impact of fiscal policies. It is essential reading for students of development economics as well as all those seeking to improve policy-effectiveness.
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'This book stands out in two ways. First, this is cutting edge research. The list of authors reads as a Who’s Who? in the field of fiscal policy analysis in developing countries and the quality of the contributions is very high. Second, the volume moves well beyond the traditional topics. Novel issues include the design of new tax systems when the state is very weak, the fiscal implications of war, assessing the impact of fiscal policy on poverty, and the effect of tax choices on economic growth.' - Jan Willem Gunning, Professor, Free University, Amsterdam
'Researchers and policy analysts will find this book to be an excellent basis for thinking about a number of difficult fiscal, tax, and budgetary issues facing developing economies. The readings are of high quality and relevant to current policy analysis. The papers contained in this book scream out to policy makers as to why better budgetary practices as outlined in this book are not commonly adopted throughout the world.' - Jack Mintz, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute, Toronto