Does fiscal responsibility matter? Evidence from public and private forecasters in Italy

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Carabotta, Laura ; Paluzie, Elisenda ; Ramos Lobo, Raúl (2017)
  • Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
  • Embargo end date: 2020-04-30
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.ijforecast.2017.01.010
  • Subject: Fiscal responsibility | Responsabilitat fiscal | Itàlia | Finances | Finance | Italy

Nowadays, fiscal forecasts are a centerpiece of macroeconomic policy decisions, particularly in highly indebted European Union countries such as Italy. The Stability and Convergence Programs and the new Fiscal Compact seem to have improved fiscal responsibility, but have they facilitated a greater accuracy of fiscal forecasters? We have compiled a new data set of fiscal forecasts for Italy, covering the last two decades 1992-2014, and checked whether the improvement in fiscal responsibility has reduced forecast errors. Neither the improvement in fiscal responsibility nor the political reforms reduced the optimistic bias in the fiscal projections of public and private forecasters.
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