Inspired by the experience of some advanced economies, a number of emerging market economies have recently adopted rules limiting the budget deficit, expenditure level, or indebtedness of the public sector, while others consider them for eventual adoption. This volume brings together policy analysts to discuss the rationale, suitability, and usefulness of fiscal policy rules in emerging market economies. Grouped under three main parts (political economy and macroeconomic setting; design issues at the national level; design issues at the subnational level), the chapters have a practical orientation, based on conceptual grounding. FABRIZIO BALASSONE Bank of Italy, Italy OLAV BJERKHOLT University of Oslo, Norway MIGUEL BRAUN University of San Andres, Colombia MARCO BUTI European Commission, International ANDRES CONESA Secretariat of Finance, Mexico FABRIZIO CORICELLI University of Siena, Italy ALLAN DRAZEN Tel Aviv University, Israel VALERIO ERCOLANI University of Siena, Italy DANIELE FRANCO Bank of Italy, Italy GABRIELE GIUDICE European Commission, Italy ILAN GOLDFAJN Central Bank of Brazil, Brazil CHRISTIAN Y. GONZALEZ Georgetown University, USA EDUARDO R.
GUARDIA State of Sao Paulo, Brazil RICARDO HAUSMANN Harvard University, USA KALPANA KOCHHAR International Monetary Fund, USA IRENE NICULESCU Central University of Venezuela and Ministry of Finance, Venezuela GUILLERMO PERRY The World Bank, USA CATRIONA PURFIELD International Monetary Fund, USA DAVID ROSENBLATT The World Bank, USA ALLEN SCHICK Brookings Institution and University of Maryland, USA MOISES J. SCHWARTZ Secretariat of Finance, Mexico ALEJANDRO SOMUANO Secretariat of Finance, Mexico J. ALFREDO TIJERINA Secretariat of Finance, Mexico MARIANO TOMMASI University of San Andres, Colombia STEVEN B. WEBB The World Bank, USA STEFANIA ZOTTERI Bank of Italy, Italy
GEORGE KOPITS, Assistant Director of the fiscal affairs department at the International Monetary Fund, has provided technical advice on fiscal policy issues in Asia, Latin America and Europe. He has published and lectured extensively in this area. Previously he was with the US Treasury Department.