From Volatility to Stabilization: Cyclicality of Fiscal Policy in Latin America over the Last Decades

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February 2014
Paper author(s): 
Bruno Martorano
Topic: 
Fiscal Policy - Public and Welfare Economics
Year: 
2014

Latin American countries experienced important changes over the last decade. The implementation of fiscal reforms, public debt reduction and the high level of accumulated reserves gave them more policy space than in the past. As a result, Latin American countries were able to implement countercyclical policies to face the negative economic and social consequences associated with the recent macroeconomic shock. Some countries performed better than others. In particular, Social Democratic and Centrist governments enjoyed more fiscal space; they had realized larger budget surpluses over the good years and were able to cope with the crisis without impairing their fiscal conditions.

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