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Fuel Price Subsidies in Gabon :, Fiscal Cost and Distributional Impact, Daniel Leigh, Moataz El-Said

Abstract
This paper looks at the fiscal cost and distributional impact of implicit fuel price subsidies in Gabon, where fuel prices have remained largely unchanged since 2002. Using estimated implicit import parity prices, we evaluate the total fiscal cost of the subsidies at 3.2 percent of non-oil GDP in 2005-more than total public health expenditures. We also analyze the distribution of the subsidies using household survey data and find that the bulk of the subsidies benefit higher-income households. Finally, we suggest use of a number of existing programs to provide a more targeted and cost-effective means of protecting the real incomes of lower-income households from the effects of energy price increases
Table Of Contents
""Contents""; ""I. INTRODUCTION""; ""II. THE MAGNITUDE OF FUEL PRICE SUBSIDIES IN GABON""; ""III. COMPARISON WITH SELECTED DEVELOPING AND EMERGING MARKET COUNTRIES""; ""IV. DISTRIBUTIONAL IMPACT OF FUEL PRICE SUBSIDIES""; ""V. MITIGATING THE EFFECT OF PRICE INCREASES ON THE POOR""; ""VI. CONCLUSION""; ""REFERENCES""
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
"October 2006"
Physical Description
1 online resource (17 p.)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781452796550

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