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Tax and Pension Reform in the Czech Republic—Implications for Growth and Debt Sustainability, Dennis Botman, Anita Tuladhar

The Czech Republic has embarked on an ambitious tax reform and expenditure package to bring the deficit sustainably below 3 percent, and intends to reduce the deficit to 1 percent of GDP by 2012. To address the long-term fiscal challenge due to population aging, pension reform proposals are also being considered. In this paper we assess the macroeconomic effects of these measures using the Global Fiscal Model. The tax reform package will achieve a more efficient tax system. If implemented successfully with the intended expenditure savings measures, debt is projected to improve markedly while output would expand. Fiscal sustainability will not be restored, however, even if further measures to bring the deficit to 1 percent of GDP by 2012. Instead, raising the retirement age and prefunding future aging costs would be needed to keep debt below 60 percent of GDP through 2050
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Tax and Pension Reform in the Czech Republic-Implications for Growth and Debt Sustainability; A. Background; B. Fiscal Challenges and Demographic Pressures; Figures; 1. Demographic Indicators, 2004-50; 2. Long-Term Fiscal Pressures in the Czech Republic; 3. Debt Dynamics From Population Aging in the Czech Republic; C. Analytical Framework; D. Assessing the Fiscal Reform Package; Tables; 1. Estimates of Impact of Key Fiscal Reform Measures; 4. Czech Republic: Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Reform; 5. Czech Republic: Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Reform and Expenditure Restraint
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