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A New Fiscal Rule: Should Israel go Swiss?

A New Fiscal Rule: Should Israel go Swiss? by Steven A. Symansky
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We propose a fiscal rule that fulfills a specific debt reduction objective while maintaining significant fiscal flexibility-two overarching concerns in Israel. Not unlike the Swiss "debt brake," the rule incorporates an error-correction mechanism (ECM) through which departure from the debt objective affects binding medium-run expenditure ceilings. Two variants of our ECM rule are shown to be superior to a comparable deficit rule in terms of attaining the debt objective and allowing for fiscal stabilization while supporting medium-term expenditure planning. Given its relative sophistication, a proper implementation of the ECM rule requires supportive fiscal institutions, including independent input and assessment.
International Monetary Fund; April 2008
27 pages; ISBN 9781452796512
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Title: A New Fiscal Rule: Should Israel go Swiss?
Author: Steven A. Symansky; Xavier Debrun; Natan P. Epstein