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The interest in fiscal councils has been steadily increasing over the past years and independent fiscal institutions are currently being established within the euro area, in line with the new regulation of the reformed Stability and Growth Pact (SGP).
Professor Simon Wren-Lewis has compiled a list of fiscal institutions in different countries and a list of academic papers on fiscal institutions.
The OECD principles for independent fiscal institutions can be found here:
The IMF overview of fiscal rules in different countries can be downloaded here:
The following OECD paper discusses how fiscal councils can affect fiscal performance:
The following article by Lars Calmfors, George Kopits and Coen Teulings, the former Chairman of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, the former Chairman of the Hungarian Fiscal Council and the former Head of the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis respectively, discusses the importance of independent fiscal institutions:
INFLUENCE OF HUNGARY'S FISCAL COUNCIL RESTRICTED
The Hungarian fiscal council was founded in 2009. After criticising the government in 2011 for overly optimistic forecasts and lack of transparency, the council's remit was restricted and its appropriation slashed. A description of the development can be found in the following box from Swedish Fiscal Policy 2013:
The Council's Report
Background Reports 2014
Niklas Bengtsson, Per-Anders Edin och Bertil Holmlund:
Löner, sysselsättning och inkomster - ökar klyftorna i Sverige?
Analys av rörelser i inkomstfördelningen vid införande av jobbskatteavdraget
Den offentliga sektorns skulder och finansiella tillgångar