Latin American Economic Outlook 2009
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Latin American Economic Outlook 2009

Are Latin American governments maximising the potential of fiscal policy as a development tool? The 2009 edition of the Latin American Economic Outlook shows that governments in the region could do much more to exploit the ability of fiscal policy to boost economic growth and combat poverty and inequality.

"An important step forward in the dialogue and exchange of experiences between OECD countries and our region." 

-Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC

"This publication will provide those concerned with Latin America's future with valuable lessons for fiscal policy drawn from the experiences of OECD and Latin American countries."

-Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Ex-President of Brasil

"This second Latin American Economic Outlook shows the importance of the micro aspects of a proper fiscal policy. The OECD Development Centre has done an outstanding report."

-Guillermo de la Dehesa,
Chairman of the Centre for Economic Policy Research

"Fiscal policy is an axis of the social contract and a key tool in economic and social development.  This is the core message of the OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2009, a most helpful and timely contribution to the policy debate in Latin America."

-Augusto de la Torre,
Chief Economist for Latin America & the Caribbean Region
World Bank.

"The Latin American Economic Outlook 2009 once again gets it right: fiscal policies in Latin America are actively contributing to macroeconomic equilibrium, but the focus now should also be on economic growth, a necessary condition to reduce poverty and inequality."

-Alejandro Foxley, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile

"The OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2009 highlights the path to follow to continue improving fiscal policy action as a tool for development."  Juan C. Gómez Sabaini, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

"With this new volume on fiscal policy, the OECD Latin American Economic Outlook continues to enrich our knowledge and debate on the key topics affecting Latin America’s economic and social challenges." 

-Enrique Iglesias,
Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat

"This publication illustrates that the challenge ahead for the region is to find out how to use scarce tax resources to foster growth, reduce poverty and provide better public services."

-Henrique Meirelles, Governor, Central Bank of Brazil

"This report urges policy makers to rediscover the potential use of fiscal policy and to make this policy instrument as effective as it can be."

-Vito Tanzi, Former Director,
Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF

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Publication Date :
28 Oct 2008
DOI :
10.1787/leo-2009-en
 
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53–80
DOI :
10.1787/leo-2009-4-en

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This chapter briefly reviews the structure, characteristics and performance of the fiscal system in Latin America. The period examined covers the transition from the years of crisis to the macroeconomic bonanza. It can at most brush up against the current global economic turmoil, but nevertheless provides a solid foundation for understanding where Latin America has been, and where it is going, in matters of fiscal performance.
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