Budget Institutions and Fiscal Performance in Latin America
In this paper we collect detailed information on the budget institutions of Latin American countries. We classify these institutions on a `hierarchical'/'collegial' scale, as a function of their transparency and the existence of legislative constraints on the deficit. We then show that `hierarchical' and transparent procedures have been associated with more fiscal discipline in Latin America in the eighties and early nineties.
Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 59, no. 2 (August 1999): 253-273. citation courtesy of