Fiscal Frameworks (FF)

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Course No.: CE 18.14
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date: April 22, 2018-May 3, 2018 (2 Weeks)
Language: English

Target Audience:

Junior to mid-level government officials, such as staff of ministries of economy, planning, and finance, treasuries, central banks, independent fiscal agencies, and other agencies involved in the analysis, design, conduct, and assessment of fiscal policy.


Participants should have a degree in economics or finance or equivalent work experience, good quantitative skills, and proficiency in the use of computers to analyze data. Applicants are encouraged to complete the online FPP.1x and FFP.2x courses (or face-to-face FPP) and the Fiscal Policy Analysis (FPA) course before enrolling in this course. Because many of the workshops involve the use of Excel worksheets, familiarity with the basics of Excel is essential.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF Institute for Capacity Development, starts by reviewing the role of government and the objectives of fiscal policy; revisits essential macrofiscal tools and methodologies; and identifies a country’s fiscal framework as the set of institutions that design and conduct fiscal policy. The course stresses the need for high-quality information, transparency, and responsibility in order to hold governments accountable for their medium- to long-term fiscal objectives. The course concludes with thematic presentations by participants.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to

  • Describe emerging fiscal policy methodologies and tools.
  • Adopt a critical approach to assessing the quality of data for fiscal policy.
  • Design fiscal rules for specific national problems.
  • Use an in-year tool to monitor fiscal performance.
  • Contribute to building a medium-term budget (for consolidation or stimulus) while limiting recession risks and respecting sustainability.

Important Note for Online Courses:

For Online Learning (OL) courses, which are delivered through the edX platform, you will need an additional piece of information to register: you will be prompted for your edX.org username. If you do not already have a username, please go to https://courses.edx.org/register and sign up for a free account. Once you have created an account, you may complete the IMF Institute application. If you already have an edX account, your username can be found on the top right of the screen after logging in.

Important Note for Internal Economics Training Courses:

Internal Economics Training (IT) courses are self-financed. The IMF will not charge officials for attending courses. However, all travel, insurance, hotel, and living costs will need to be covered by the agency sponsoring the participants.