Fiscal Policy Analysis (FPA)

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Course No.: CE 17.20
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Date: October 8, 2017-October 19, 2017 (2 Weeks)
Language: English (Arabic)

Target Audience:

Junior- to senior-level officials interested in the analysis of fiscal policy and its macroeconomic implications.


Participants should have taken undergraduate courses in macroeconomics, or have equivalent experience, and have a basic background in microeconomics and econometrics.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, aims at providing an overview of the key fiscal policy concepts and techniques used to analyze how fiscal policy can help ensure macroeconomic stability and sustainable long-term growth. This hands-on course is built around core macro-fiscal topics needed to analyze fiscal policy. Units will be substantiated by general empirical findings, Excel-based workshops, case studies, and selected topics of regional interest. The course will be of interest to officials who wish to gain a broad understanding of the impact of fiscal policy on the economy and related tools of analysis.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: - Discuss the role of fiscal policy in attaining the key objectives of the government: macro-stability, equity and efficiency, and sustainable long-term growth.- Use the tools and techniques to assess the fiscal stance, fiscal multipliers, and debt sustainability.- Review the key elements of tax and expenditure policy: concepts and best practices.

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.