Discussion Papers

Fiscal Policy and Equity in Advanced Economies: Lessons for Asia

By Gemma Estrada, James Angresano, Jo Thori Lind, Niku Määttänen, William McBride, Donghyun Park , Motohiro Sato, and Karin Svanborg-Sjövall

ERIA Discussion Paper 2015-04

Posted: January 2015


Advanced economies have a longer history of leveraging fiscal policy to address inequality relative to developing Asia. We examine the country experiences of the Nordic countries, France, Japan, and the US, to draw lessons for developing Asia in its relatively new quest to use fiscal policy to promote inclusive growth. Those experiences suggest that fiscal policy can indeed be an effective tool for inclusive growth as long as it does not compromise fiscal sustainability or economic growth.


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